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Tier 4 student visa processing time

Tier 4 Student Visa processing time

If you are considering applying for a Tier 4 Student Visa for the UK, or you already have done so, you may be wondering how long it will be before you can expect a decision to be made on your individual case? In this article, we will look at the Tier 4 Student Visa application process and assess how long you will be likely to wait before a decision is made on your particular case.


So how long is the processing time for a Tier 4 Student Visa?


According to the guidance that goes along with the application, you should expect a decision on your visa application within 3 weeks. This waiting period is shorter than many of the other UK visa routes and it is generally quick because you will need to have already sorted out quite a few of the issues before you actually apply for the visa itself saving UKVI some time and speeding up the process significantly.


When should I apply for my Tier 4 Student Visa?


You should make an application at a maximum of 3 months before you are due to start your course, any application made before this day will likely be rejected. The three months is the maximum laid out in the guidance and it is wise to give yourself as much time as possible as to make sure that a decision is made in time. It will also give you enough time to give yourself a chance to apply again if necessary.


What is the application fee for a Tier 4 Student Visa?


The fee for a Tier 4 Student Visa is £348 from outside the UK, you will also need to pay an additional £348 per dependent you are looking to add to your application. You will also need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge for each of the applicants and this covers your usage of the NHS whilst in the UK.


What are the other eligibility criteria for a Tier 4 Student Visa?


You will need to have been guaranteed a place on an appropriate course as laid out in the guidance and at an approved institution. You will need to ensure that you satisfy the requirements for savings to rely on whilst doing in the UK , you will also need to take into account the fact that the UK is one of the world’s most expensive country to live in and you understand why UKVI is so interested in how much money you have available.


Where can I get more help?


If you have any further queries on the Tier 4 Student Visa or indeed any other of the UK visa routes then please get in touch. Our immigration specialists can help with applications or queries and give you the advice that you need to maximize your chances of a successful application to live, study or work in the UK.