Applying from outside the UK
It is a good idea to start checking which visa
application to complete and what documents to prepare when you
decide to study in the UK. Although immigration rules,
application forms and fees tend to change, this should give you an
idea of what you may need and allow you enough time to plan your
visa application and to clarify any doubts that may arise.
- Accept your offer and confirm your email address »
Once you receive an offer letter from the University of Hull,
you will need to confirm your acceptance of the offer with the
Admissions Service. The details that you provide
will then be used to generate your Confirmation of Acceptance for
Studies (CAS) statement that you need for your visa application.
Please ensure that the email address (your own or your
Agent’s) that you provide us with is accurate.
- Meet all the listed conditions »
Before the University of Hull can issue you with a CAS number,
you must meet all of the conditions of your offer. This may include
payment of a deposit on your tuition fees and/or a clearance
certificate from the Academic Technology Approval Scheme
Your CAS statement is generated only after all
conditions of your offer are met and not until 4 months before your
course start date. Your CAS will only be valid for study at
the University of Hull and for a single visa application. It is
issued no more than four months before the course start date and
expires six months after the date of issue.
If you need more time to complete your current programme of
study, University of Hull will issue you a new CAS if you continue
to meet relevant academic and immigration requirements.
- Prepare supporting documents »
Take extra time and care to ensure that your
documents meet the
UKVI current visa requirements.
Extra care at this stage can avoid unnecessary mistakes that
lead to refusal (you may not have enough time to make another visa
- Tuberculosis (TB) screening »
- Complete and check your online application »
When you make your application from the outside of the UK, you
need to register for and complete an online
application (unless you are applying from North Korea).
You will need to select a type of Tier 4 application in
accordance with the following:
Tier 4 (General) Student: if you intend to fund
your study yourself (privately or student loan funded).
Tier 4 (General) (Sponsored) Student: if your
studies in the UK will be funded by an "official financial
sponsor", which includes University of Hull or your home University
scholarships/bursaries, the UK government, your home government
(not including student loans), the British Council or any
international organisation or international company that meets the
UKVI sponsorship requirements.
Tier 4 (Scholarship) Student: only if you
obtained a Chevening Scholarship/Fellowship, a British Marshall
Scholarship, a Fulbright Scholarship or a Commonwealth
Ensure that all the information on your completed visa
application form matches that on any supporting documents and
explain any discrepancies.
Please make sure that you have all supporting documents
ready and in good order before completing and submitting your Tier
4 online visa application.
- Submit the application »
- Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) »
- Credibility interview »
Please note that you may be interviewed by the UKVI as part
of your Tier 4 visa application or upon your arrival to the UK. The
purpose of the interview is to check whether you are a genuine
student and have an adequate level of English.
You may be asked questions about how and why you chose the
University of Hull and your programme of study; provide
financial evidence; comment on your education/employment
history, future plans, and other relevant topics.
If the Home Office decides to interview you as part of your visa
application, they may telephone you or send you an email asking you
to attend your interview. Please ensure that you check your emails
on a regular basis (inbox and junk or spam folders). You could be
interviewed in person, by Skype or by telephone.
It is important to answer all of the questions to the best of
your knowledge as you may be refused a visa or entry to the UK if
the Immigration Officer finds that you are not a genuine student or
your English is not good enough. If this happens, please contact
Immigration Team with details of your interview as soon as
Documents in support of Tier 4 General visa application
It is important to take extra time and care to ensure that your
supporting documents meet relevant visa requirements. For detailed
and up-to-date information about the documents required for your
Tier 4 (General) visa application, please visit this
Extra care at this stage can avoid unnecessary mistakes that
lead to refusal (you may not have enough time to make another visa
application). If your visa application is refused, you may not be
able to travel to the UK and/or start your programme of study.
- Original passport »
- Original BRP (visa) card »
- Original Police Registration Certificate»
- Passport size photo »
- Pay tuition fee deposit (if required)»
All international students undertaking a taught/research Masters
or a PhD must pay a deposit of £2000 against their tuition fee. The
Tier 4 CAS will only be issued once the required deposit amount has
been received. It may take 5 working days for your
deposit payment to be processed depending on the time of
year. If your studies are funded by a University approved
financial sponsor, the deposit requirement will be waived upon
receipt of the appropriate financial guarantee evidence.
Apart from the required tuition deposit, paying tuition fees to
the University in advance is not a requirement of
the visa process. If you choose to pay any additional fees to the
University in advance, please ensure that your payment is reflected
in your CAS statement.
- ATAS certificate (only if your offer letter and CAS states that
you need one)»
applications are processed within a month and are valid for six
months. However, this process may take longer during the busy
periods, and there is no premium/fast track processing option. It
is therefore important to allow plenty of time to obtain the
certificate since your CAS will not be generated until the ATAS
clearance is received.
An ATAS application includes a statement outlining your area of
research/study. This statement must be the same as agreed with your
supervisor and held on file at the University of Hull. Please apply
for your ATAS as soon as you receive your conditional offer
(new students) or as soon as you apply for your academic extension
- New CAS number »
New programme - If you are starting a
new programme, your new CAS will be emailed to you by our
Admissions Service once you accept your offer and meet all of
the conditions of your programme. Please make sure
that you provide your up to date email address when you apply
for your programme.
Existing programme - If you need a new
CAS to finish your existing programme, please request your new CAS
from the Visa Compliance Team (firstname.lastname@example.org), 2nd floor Student
Central . You will need to pay a Tier 4 administrative
fee before your CAS is issued. Please follow this
link to request a new CAS.
- Check your CAS statement »
Please check your CAS email as soon as you receive it from the
Admissions Service or from the Visa Compliance Team. Please ensure
that all of the information on your CAS is
correct, including personal, fees and course details. If you have
been awarded a fee scholarship by the University of Hull or if you
paid some or all of your tuition fees, and this information is
incorrect or does not appear on your CAS, please contact the team
that issued you with a CAS number.
Please note that any errors will normally be rectified by adding
a note to your CAS record. This means that a new CAS will
not be issued. Instead, you will receive an email
confirming the corrections that have been made.
- Original up-to-date sponsor letter »
- Original bank statements or electronic bank statements (printed
and stamped by your bank) »
Your bank statement must show that you have enough money to pay
your outstanding course fees (as listed on your CAS) and a minimum
of £9135 (£1015 x 9 months) living expenses (or at least £1015 per
each month of your course if it is shorter than 9 months).
The funds must have been in your bank account for at least 28
consecutive (calendar) days ending with the date of the closing
balance. The bank statement itself cannot be older than one month
on the date of your visa application. If you are not sure
whether you have enough money or how to calculate the amount,
please contact our team as soon as possible.
It is advisable to have more than a minimum amount of funds and
to keep it for more than 28 calendar days just in case any mistakes
are made in calculating the correct amount and period of time.
You can rely on your parents’ bank statements, but will need to
provide more documents in support of your visa application, such as
original birth certificate, official translation if not in English,
original letter from your parents confirming that you are their
child and that you have their permission to use their funds, etc.
contact our team for more information if you intend to use your
parents’ bank statements.
- Original qualifications »
Please check your new CAS, section ‘Evidence
provided’ for a list of qualifications that you must
submit with your visa application.
IMPORTANT! If your offer and/or CAS states that you are exempted
from the English language requirement on basis of a
qualification from the majority English
speaking country, you will also need to obtain a NARIC Statement of
Comparability for your qualification and submit it in support
of your Tier 4 visa application together with your original
qualification and all other relevant documents.
- Any other documents that you think may be relevant
- Translation of original documents »
If you need to translate your qualifications or any other
documents in the UK, you can find local translation agencies using
one of the internet search engines or a local directory such as the
Yellow Pages. It is advisable to contact a few agencies to compare
costs and the length of time it will take agencies to translate
your documents before deciding on one. A certified translation must
be dated and include details of the translator/translation agency
(name and contact details), their signature and confirmation that
it is an accurate translation of the original documents.
- Application and document check »
If you are making your Tier 4 visa application in the UK and
would like your application form and documents to be checked,
please email email@example.com once you
have prepared your application and all of the
documents. Please remember to quote your name and student
number and allow us at least a few days to offer an appointment
If you are making your visa application outside of the UK,
please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you
have any questions about your application or documents.
What to do if my visa application is refused?
Visa application refused
If you are planning to start a new programme, you must
also notify our Admissions Team at Tier4_applicants@hull.ac.uk and
our Visa Compliance Team at email@example.com. Depending on your
refusal the Admissions Team may request further information and
documents to assess whether or not they can issue you with a new
If you are a continuing student, you must also notify our
Visa Compliance Team. They may request further information and
documents before they could issue you with a new CAS number.
Visa application rejected as invalid
If you do not pay your IHS charge or forget to provide your
passport and photographs with your visa application, it could be
rejected as invalid.
Whether your application has been refused or rejected, it is
important that you
contact us immediately for further assistance.
Please click on the relevant button below for more
Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES)
Tier 4 DES is a 12 months visa category that will provide you
with the opportunity to gain some work experience on completion of
your PhD, to find a suitable job and to eventually change into
another work permit category or to set up as an entrepreneur.
Who can apply?
You can apply for a Tier 4 DES Visa if you:
- Are currently in the UK and have a Tier 4 General visa;
- Are in the process of completing your PhD programme with
- Have a Tier 4 DES CAS issued by our Visa Compliance Team;
- Applying within 60 days before your PhD award date (formal
confirmation of your final results following your viva and a
correction period, not your graduation date);
- Have ATAS to cover you up to the end of your PhD (if
- Meet the UKVI financial and other requirements.
How to apply?
In order to make your Tier 4 DES application, please take the
- Read through the latest
Tier 4 policy and start preparing relevant documents.
- Discuss your completion date with the Graduate School,
preferably before your viva.
- Request a Tier 4 DES CAS form from the Graduate School and
complete it as necessary once your expected completion date has
- Arrange to see Immigration and Careers Advisers as part of your
- Pay Tier 4 DES CAS administration fee via our
- Submit your completed CAS request form to AskHU team.
- Obtain a Tier 4 DES CAS, prepare all of the documents and make
a visa application within 60 days before your PhD
award date and before your current visa expires.
Please note that you must make your visa application in the
- Check Apply inside the UK for further
information as Tier 4 DES is part of Tier 4 visa.
- Your dependants can apply to join you or to continue staying
with you in the UK.
Conditions of leave
- If your visa application is successful, you will be granted a
visa that will expire exactly 12 months after your PhD award
- You must bring your Tier 4 DES visa to AskHU team to be
scanned once you received it.
- You must keep the University informed of any changes to
your personal details (eg: passport, contact details, etc), if you
change your Tier 4 DES visa to another category (e.g
Settlement, Tier 2, etc.), or decide to leave the UK.
- Our Visa Compliance Team is required to contact you few times
during your period of stay and it is important that you check
your emails on a regular basis and respond promptly.
- You must also keep your Police Registration Certificate updated
with details of your new visa, passport and any new addresses (if
you have one).
Please contact the
Immigration Team and check the UKVI
UKCISA websites for further information.