Sending my application

  • Changes to the application process

    From 25 March 2019 you will have to use a new system for making your Tier 4 visa application in the UK. 

    The new system will allow you to upload scans of your documents, however it is very important that you have your documents checked by ISAT first.

    You will also be able to retain your passport whilst your application is being decided, however you must not travel outside of the UK and Ireland as if you do your visa application will be automatically withdrawn.

    • After completing your Tier 4 application and paying your Immigration Health Surcharge online you will be directed to Sopra Steria’s website to book an appointment at a UKVCAS centre. You should be able to choose a free appointment within 5 working days of making your application.
    • At this stage, you can choose whether to purchase 'added-value' services. Please note that ISAT provide document checking and immigration advice free of charge. Also you will be able to get translation services that are significantly cheaper than that offered at the UKVCAS centres.
    • There will be 57 UKVCAS centres across the UK: 6 core service centres offering free appointments; 50 enhanced service centres offering charged appointments; and 1 premium lounge.
      Nearest Core Service Points (no additional charges for booking your appointment):
      Sopra Steria, Ground Floor, T3, Trinity Park, Bickenhill Lane, Birmingham, B37 7ES;
      Bedford Point, 35 Dingwall Road, Croydon, CR0 9XF.

      At your appointment you will:

      • show your appointment confirmation (you will get this as an email containing a QR code) and ID documents to confirm your appointment
      • enrol your biometric information (fingerprints, photograph) and digital signature
      • submit your supporting evidence (unless you choose to self-upload this - you must get your evidence checked by ISAT first)
      • show your passport or travel document and have your identity checked
      • speak to a member of staff who will check that your biometric information has been successfully enrolled and your passport and supporting evidence has scanned correctly
      • In most cases, you will have your supporting evidence (including your passport) returned to you immediately once the appointment is finished, but you must not travel until you have received a decision on your application.

    Can I make an application without ISAT?

    We strongly recommend that you send your application with the help of ISAT as it is our job to keep up to date with the immigration rules and these change frequently. If you choose not to get our help you must read carefully the information below: 
    Tier 4 requirements (UKCISA) 
    Making an application (UKCISA)
    Tier 4 requirements (UKVI)

    Making an application (UKVI)

    More detailed guidance (UKVI)