Making your Tier 4 visa application inside the UK requires planning and preparation. We've put together guidance and information to help make your Tier 4 visa application go smoothly.

The information on this page guides you on the process of submitting your Tier 4 visa application from within the UK. If you are submitting your Tier 4 application from outside of the UK, the application form and process is different – see our guidance on applying from outside of the UK instead.

Are you eligible to apply inside the UK?

If you plan to make your Tier 4 application in the UK, you should check this is possible. 

  • If there is more than 28 days between your current Tier 4 visa expiring and your new course starting, you will not be able to make an application inside the UK
  • If you have not successfully completed your previous programme, you will not normally be able to make a new Tier 4 application inside the UK (unless you are repeating part of your existing programme)
  • You are only able to apply for a Tier 4 visa from within the UK if you currently have a Tier 4 or a Tier 2 visa. If you have any other visa type, you will not be able to make an application inside the UK

If you are not eligible to apply for a visa from within the UK, you will need to leave the UK and apply from your home country.

The Tier 4 application form

To apply for a Tier 4 visa from within the UK, you need to complete the online form. Once you have created an online account, you can access your application at any time and complete it at your convenience.

During the application process, you will need to scan and upload your supporting documents. There are scanners available on campus if you do not have access to one at home.

When you have completed the application form, there are some fees you will need to pay in order to finalise your visa application:

  • Immigration health surcharge
  • Visa application fee
  • Biometric enrolment fee

At the end of the application, you will be asked to book an appointment at a UKVCAS Service Point. You can choose one of the 6 free 'core' service points, or for an additional charge you can select an 'enhanced' or 'premium' service point.

At the service point you will have your photograph and fingerprints will be taken (this is known as biometric enrolment). You will also need to present your passport to confirm your identity. We strongly recommend that you take all of your supporting documents with you to the appointment, just in case there have been any issues when you uploaded them.

After you have attended your appointment, your visa application will be processed. You can keep your documents, including your passport, whilst your application is pending.

It's very important that whilst your application is being processed, you do not travel outside of the UK. If you leave the UK before your new visa has been granted, your application will be cancelled.

Application fee and method of application

The basic fee for a standard in-country Tier 4 visa application is £475. This increases to £975 if you use the priority service, and £1275 for the super priority service.

Please note that in addition to the visa application fee, you will also need to pay the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge and biometric enrolment fee. See below for further information about these charges.

Unless you choose to attend an enhanced or premium UKVCAS service point, you should not need to pay any additional charges for your visa application. If you attend an enhanced or premium service point, there will be an additional charge for the appointment itself. This will be detailed in your application form and should be between £60-£125, depending on the day and time of the appointment.

The application system is new and can be confusing. If you notice other additional fees in the application process, and you are not sure what they are for, or if you need assistance with submitting your application, you can contact the International Student Advice Service for advice.

Immigration Healthcare surcharge

As part of your online Tier 4 visa application, you will need to pay a fee for the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge (IHS). Currently, for a Tier 4 student visa, this charge is £300 per year for the duration of your of visa. Please refer to the UKVI information about the healthcare surcharge for more details.

This charge will provide you with full access to the National Heath Service (NHS) whilst you are in the UK.

Biometric enrolment

At your visa appointment, your fingerprints and a digital photo will be taken. This is known as biometric enrolment. There is a £19.20 fee for this.

Dependants

If you are applying with dependants (your spouse, civil partner, partner or children), you need to confirm this in the application form. When you confirm that you have dependant/s, an additional section of the form will be displayed, where you can complete their details.

Find out more in our information about applying with dependants.

Advice on your visa application

We recommend getting advice before making your application, to maximise your chances of success and reduce the likelihood of any problems. If you would like free and confidential guidance and advice about submitting your Tier 4 visa application, contact the International Student Advice Service.

Additionally, the UKCISA website has some helpful guidance on making a Tier 4 application in the UK.

The information on this page is correct at the time of writing. Whilst we try to make sure the information we provide is accurate, immigration policy changes frequently. You should therefore always refer to the official gov.uk website to ensure that you have up-to-date information: https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration