Applying for a visa
How your application is assessed
1. your country assessment level
2. the visa subclass or education subclass that is relevant in your case, and
3. medical, financial and English language requirements.
Country assessment levels
The UK operates a Points Based System (PBS) for all non-EEA residents wanting to come to the UK for longer than six months.
The student route of the PBS is called Tier 4.
The Tier 4 policy guidance is available for all applicants and should be referred to for up-to-date information on visa applications for the UK (this document is updated regularly so ensure that you are referring to the most current version)
Click here to find out if you need a visa to enter the UK
Information and application forms for applying from outside of the UK can be found here
When applying for a Tier 4 visa you will need to complete the student visitor application form
Check here to see if you are able to apply for a visa online from your home country
If applying from within the UK download an application form here
How a visa application is assessed
Tier 4 applicants are required to obtain 40 points to obtain a valid visa for study:
What is a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)?
The Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) is a virtual document similar to a database record – it is not an actual certificate or paper document.
Each CAS has a unique reference number and contains information about the course of study for which it has been issued.
All Tier 4 visa applicants will require a CAS before they can make their visa application.
The UK IAC will provide the applicant with their CAS number and a ‘CAS statement’ which details the information that has been provided to the UKBA via their database.