Visas And Support
Visas and support
At Leeds Beckett we can provide support and advice about many issues which may affect you as an international student - our International Student Advice Service (ISAS) has offices at both our Headingley and City campuses.
Here are just a few of the things we can help you with:
- immigration & visas
- financial difficulties
- childcare facilities
- emotional support
- any general matters
Our advice is available free of charge and follows the Rules and Code of Standards of the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) and the United Kingdom Visa and Immigration Agency.
Contact the team
Contact the International Advice Service Team:
How to obtain a Visa
The UK Government introduced the Points Based System (PBS) of immigration for students. You will need to prove that you have the required number of points in order to make an application for your visa. You need to have 40 points altogether; 30 of these are obtained by providing a visa letter from Leeds Beckett University; the remaining 10 points are obtained by proving that you have the correct finances to support your study and your living and accommodation costs.
Financial evidence for Tier 4 visas
In order to qualify for a Tier 4 visa you will need to provide evidence that you have enough money to pay for your course fees and your living costs while you are in the UK. The Home Office refers to this as the maintenance (funds) requirements.
Maintenance must be in the form of cash funds. You cannot use evidence of other types of finances, such as shares, bonds or a pension fund. You also cannot use an overdraft facility. The amount of money that you need to have for your maintenance will depend on:
- how long your courses lasts and
- where you will be studying in the UK
Please ensure you read the following downloadable information carefully as it is important that you know how to provide evidence that you meet the maintenance requirement when making your Tier 4 visa application.
English language requirements for Tier 4 visas
If you are not sure whether your English language qualification meets our entry requirements please don’t hesitate to contact the International Office either by email or by phone on +44 113 812 1111.
As part of the Tier 4 visa application process the Home Office has introduced credibility interviews. As part of your visa application you may be required to attend an online interview where you will be asked a series of questions about your intended course and study destination in the UK. We highly recommend that you prepare for these interviews in advance so that you are confident in answering any questions about your intention to study in the UK. To help with this we have provided some points that you should consider when preparing for a credibility interview.
Immigration Health Surcharge
From 6 April 2015 all students applying for Tier 4 visas in order to study in the UK for six months or longer must pay an Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) to enable them to access any National Health Service (NHS) services. For further information please refer to the following links:
Biometric Residence Permits
As of 18 March 2015 the Home Office has begun to introduce Biometric Residence Permits (BRP) for those applying for Tier 4 visas from outside of the UK. For more information please refer to the following links:
Successful applicants of Tier 4 visas for study of six months or more will be required to collect their BRP from a UK Post Office. In order to work out which Post Office to collect your BRP from you will need to enter accurate information in your visa application regarding your accommodation in the UK. Further information on this can be found in the following link:
It is difficult to suggest to you exactly how much money you will need to support yourself, as each person's circumstances will be different, but please see below for guidance:
Living expenses (including accommodation): ££9,135
Please note that these living expenses are estimated and dependent on your lifestyle.
Check out www.studentcalculator.org.uk/international/ for great advice and tools to help you plan and manage your budget whilst studying in the UK.
Advice is offered free of charge and follows the Rules and Code of Standards of the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) and the United Kingdom Border Agency.
For support with visa and immigration etc, contact us at:
Tel: +44 113 812 5612 / 5620 / 5735
Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner.
The International Student Advice Centre at Leeds Beckett University is regulated under OISC guidelines to give immigration advice. The OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner) is an independent organisation that monitors immigration advice and services. Advisers have to attend regular training to be able to do this.