Applying for your visa
How to obtain a Visa
The UK Government has a 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 CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) number from Leeds Beckett University. The remaining 10 points are obtained by proving you have the correct finances to support your study and your living and accommodation costs.
The University will provide you with information on how to obtain your CAS.
English language requirements for Tier 4 visas
For applicants requiring a Tier 4 visa for study for one of our courses at degree level and above (NQF level 6 and above) we will accept these English language qualifications.
Please note that some courses will have a higher English language requirement – please refer to the online prospectus for more information. If you are applying for a course below degree level (NQF level 5 and below) then you must have an English language qualification from the UKVI list of Secure English Language Tests (SELT) – further information on this can be found here.
For Tier 4 purposes, you do not need to prove your knowledge of English if you are a national of a majority-English speaking country. However, in such cases we still need to see evidence of English for academic purposes (which in most cases is B2 level or higher).
If you are not a national but have graduated from an institution in a majority English-speaking country, you can use your degree certificate to prove your English language ability. In these circumstances, a Naric Statement of Comparability is required.
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 course 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.
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
If you need to apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa, a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) will be available for you to collect in the UK. The BRP is usually issued to students who are studying in the UK for more than six months.
You can collect your BRP from a Post Office in the city of Leeds or from our University. If you want to collect your BRP when you arrive at Leeds Becket, you will just need to specify this on your application for your Tier 4 visa by selecting our ACL Code: 3HE237.
The following links have more information about the BRP:
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.
Students applying from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) for study in certain subject areas will need to apply for an Academic TechnologyApproval Scheme (ATAS) certificate before they can study in the UK. These can include both taught and research postgraduate courses, and are predominantly in subject areas such as science, engineering and medical subject areas.
When you receive an offer for your course of study, it will be stated on your offer letter if your course requires ATAS.
Courses requiring an ATAS certificate
To find out whether your course of study requires an ATAS certificate, you will first need to know the JACS code for that course. If you are a new student, this should be stated on your offer letter.
A full list of JACS codes which require an ATAS certificate can be found on the ATAS webpages.
If you do require an ATAS certificate it is important that you do not make an immigration application before you have your ATAS certificate as your application will be refused. Remember, you must obtain an ATAS certificate before you begin your studies if you need to have immigration permissions including Tier 4 and non-Tier 4.
There is no additional charge for the ATAS certificate but the application process can take up to 30 working days. You can find more detail about the ATAS and application on ATAS website: online application system
If you think your course/research may require ATAS and you have not received any information regarding the JACS code for your course please contact International Admissions at: email@example.com
The application process for ATAS certificates is completely online. When your application is granted, you will be emailed your certificate. Your certificate will be valid for six months. If you change your course of study, university or need to apply for more time as a student, you will need to apply for ATAS again.
Further information can be found here
Visas support and advice
At Leeds Beckett we can provide support and advice about many issues which may affect you as an international student - our Student Immigration Advice and Compliance team (SIAC) has an office in Leighton Hall on our Headingley Campus.
Here are just a few of the things SIAC can help you with:
- immigration & visas (including visa extensions)
- family visits
- police registration
- changing immigration status
- work after studies
Our advice is available free of charge and follows the rules of the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) and the United Kingdom Visa and Immigration Agency.
Immigration Advice Team
If you're a student at Leeds Beckett and need help with any aspect of your visa or immigration status you can contact our Student Immigration Advice and Compliance on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appointments and workshops are available at City Campus and at Headingley Campus. Ask us a question at our Drop-in workshops every week. There is no need to book, just turn up and ask at the Student Hub desk.
Student Hub, Rose Bowl, City Campus
Student Hub, Rose Bowl, City Campus
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