Your Supporting Documents
The Home Office operates a points-based system in which they award applications up to 40 points based on documents you supply alongside your application. Firstly, they assess whether you have shown sufficient financial means to support yourself whilst you are here in the UK, this is worth 10 points. The CAS statement (confirmation of acceptance for study) is worth 30 points. This represents an agreement between yourself and the University of Sunderland that we will sponsor you whilst you are here as a student for the duration outlined on your CAS. To have a succesful application you must be awarded maximum points for both of these categories.
When applying for a for a Tier 4 student visa you must also provide other supporting documents to prove to the Home Office that you are able to meet the requirements of becoming a student in the UK. It is important that you;
- Use originals for everything you provide- the Home Office do not accept copied documents
- If a document is not in English you must provide an official translation, this means it must be signed and stamped by the translator
- If a document is part of a sequence (i.e. 1 of 3) you must take care to provice the Home Office for the full set. Failure to do this may impace the credibility of the document you are providing
The Tier 4 (General) student application form can be located using the information on our PDF guide for locating and understanding the form, please find it here.
Supporting Documents Required for Visa Extension
When submitting your Tier 4 (General) student visa you will need to provide the following documents:
1. Valid Confirmation of Acceptance for studies (CAS) statement
Your CAS contains information including your personal details, your course and the University of Sunderland, who will be acting as your sponsor. Your CAS statement lasts for six months only. For more information about CAS visit our Confirmation of Acceptance to Study section.
2. Current and previous passports (if it contains a UK visa)
3. Biometrics ID Card (if applicable)
4. Two identical UK passport size photographs
Your passport photographs must meet the criteria set by the UKBA. If you are unsure about your photographs suitability, please visit the UKBA webpage for guidance.
5. Original certificate from last place of study
The certificate must match what is written on your CAS letter from Admissions, if you are starting a new course; or what you have supplied to the Gateway when applying for a CAS number for a visa extension. This can also be found in your CAS email, under CAS INFORMATION.
These documents must be original and translated into English by an offical translator. Please ensure that the translation is certified, and that you have provided the original certificate. For the local translation service in Sunderland, click here.
6. Police registration certificate (if applicable)
Some nationalities are required to register with the police upon arriving in the UK. If your visa states you must register with the police, you must supply the original police registration certificate. More information regarding police registration can be found here.
7. Financial Documents
- If you are funding yourself:
You must supply bank or building society statements to confirm the required funds. The statements must be printed on official letterhead or stationary. You must have held this amount of money for a minimum of 28 days. The balance of your account must not fall below the required amount during the 28 day period - if this happens it is likely your application will be refused.
If you have not paid the whole course fee to the University you will need to show that you can cover the remaining balance. Please note: if you have made further payments after your CAS has been issued you must include the receipts for these payments.
When extending to complete your course with proven Established Presence* you need to show £1,600.00 for living expenses (maintenance) and any outstanding course fees.
When applying from another visa category (such as from Tier 1 PSW) or moving from a pre-sessional course to a main course of study, without established presence you must show £7,200.00 for living expenses (maintenance) and any outstanding fees.
*Established presence is when a student is or has studied or completed a course of more than six months on a Tier 4 visa, and who is now wishing to apply for a visa for a new course or an extension to complete their current course within their current leave. If a student has an established presence they are able to prove a lower amount of maintenance funds.
- If you are using your parent's financial documents:
In order to use this option, you will need to show the UKBA evidence that you are related to your parent(s)/legal guardian, such as original (and translated, if required) birth or adoption certificate. Your parent(s) or legal guardian must also supply a letter confirming their permission for the student to use this money.
The evidence of money held must be of cash funds in the bank which includes savings accounts and current accounts. Other accounts or financial instruments such as shares, bonds, overdrafts, credit cards and pension funds are not acceptable, regardless of notice period.
If your parent(s)/legal guardian's financial statement is in an overseas currency, you are expected to show the closing balance in pounds sterling. We use the official exchange rate on the OANDA website which is approved by the UKBA.
- If you are receiving official financial sponsorship or government sponsorship:
If you are being given financial sponsorship, you must provide a letter of confirmation from your official financial sponsor. The letter must be on the organisation's official letter-headed paper or stationary, and must bear the organisation's official stamp. It must show:
- your name
- official financial sponsor's name and contact details
- date of letter
- length of the sponsorship
- amount of money that the official financial sponsor is giving to you, or a statement that it will cover all of your course fees and living costs
Dependant application documents
The rules and regulations regarding Tier 4 dependant applications are subject to the date you were originally granted your visa/immigration permission, therefore we would suggest contacting our International Student Support Team or visiting the UKBA webpage on dependants.