Evidence needed for a Tier 4 visa application

  • Check if you are a low-risk national

    The UKVI have different requirements for what evidence needs to be submitted for finance and previous study for 'low-risk' nationals. This applies to you if you are applying for your visa using a passport from one of the following countries: 

    Australia • Bahrain • Barbados • Botswana • Brazil • British National (Overseas) • Brunei • Cambodia • Canada • Chile • China • The Dominican Republic • Hong Kong • Indonesia • Japan • Kazakhstan • Kuwait • Macau SAR • Malaysia • Mauritius • Mexico • New Zealand • Oman • Peru • Qatar • Serbia • Singapore • South Korea • Taiwan (if your passport includes your identification card number) • Thailand • Tunisia • United Arab Emirates • United States of America 

    The different requirements for low-risk nationals are highlighted below where relevant

  • These document are the main reason that student’s visas are refused as the UKVI have extremely strict requirements.

    Check the UKVI finance requirements here

    If you are NOT a low-risk national

    If you are NOT a low-risk national, then we will need to see your finance documents before we issue you with a CAS. You will be contacted for these after you have submitted your CAS request form.

    If you are a low-risk national

    If you are a low-risk national, then we will not need to see your finance documents before issuing your CAS, however, the UKVI will contact some low-risk nationals and ask for their documents before deciding their visa. If you are one of those who are asked then contact us immediately. If you cannot provide them in the time the UKVI give you to send them, then your application will be refused.

    Applying outside the UK

    If you are NOT a low-risk national

    • If you are NOT a low-risk national and you are applying outside the UK then you need to submit evidence of all qualifications that are listed on your CAS.
    • If you are applying to continue a course then you may not have any qualifications listed.

    If you are a low-risk national

    If you are a low-risk national and you are applying outside the UK then you do not need to submit evidence of any previous study with your visa application, however, the UKVI will contact some low-risk students and ask for evidence of any qualifications that are on their CAS before deciding their visa. If you are one of those who are asked then contact us immediately. If you do not provide them in the time the UKVI gives you to send them, then your application will be refused.

    Applying inside the UK

    If you are NOT a low-risk national

    • If you are NOT a low-risk national and you are applying inside the UK then you need to submit evidence of all qualifications that are listed on your CAS.
    • If you are applying to continue a course then you may not have any qualifications listed.
    • If you are applying to start a new course and you have, or have had, a Tier 4 visa then you will also need to submit evidence that you successfully completed the course you were studying.

    If you are a low-risk national

    • If you are applying to start a new course and you have, or have had, a Tier 4 visa then you will also need to submit evidence that you successfully completed the course you were studying.
    • You do not need to submit evidence of any other previous study with your visa application, however, the UKVI will contact some low-risk students and ask for evidence of any qualifications that are on their CAS before deciding their visa. If you are one of those who are asked then contact us immediately. If you do not provide them in the time the UKVI gives you to send them, then your application will be refused.

    If you are applying for the Doctorate Extension Scheme

    You do not need to send any evidence of previous studies.

    To get your academic offer for your course you will have needed to evidence your English language level. In addition to this there are visa requirements to evidence your English language. This evidence is also in addition to the evidence of previous study above and needs to be checked by all students.

    You should check your CAS carefully to see how Oxford Brookes assessed that your English language level met the visa requirements.

    • If your CAS states that Oxford Brookes has assessed your English language level as B2 (for undergraduate, masters and research degrees, and postgraduate diplomas and certificates) then you do not need to submit any documents.
    • If your CAS includes your UKVI IELTS reference number (for courses below degree level) then you do not need to submit any documents but you must also include your UKVI IELTS reference number on your visa application form.
    • If your CAS says you are a national of a majority English speaking country then you do not need to submit any documents other than your passport from one of the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America.
    • If your CAS says you have a degree-level qualification from a majority English speaking country then you must submit that certificate or results transcript plus a statement of comparability from UK NARIC confirming that the qualification meets or exceeds the level of a UK degree. The countries are: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America.
    • If your CAS confirms that your current visa is a Tier 4 (Child) visa, then you do not need to submit any evidence.
    • If your CAS confirms that you are studying a course in the United States, that UK NARIC says is equivalent to a UK degree, and you are coming to the UK for a study abroad programme of six months or less, then you do not need to submit any evidence.

     

    If you are applying from outside the UK

    If you are applying from outside the UK you will need your current passport and any old passports if they have a UK visa in them and you are asked for them.

    If you are applying from inside the UK

    If you are applying from inside the UK you will need your current passport and your previous passport if it has your current visa in it. You will also need your current Biometrics Residence Permit (BRP visa ID card) if you have one.

    If you are applying from outside the UK

    If you are applying from outside the UK, when you get your visa, and your UKVI letter confirming your visa details, check them to see if there is a requirement to register with the police. If there is you will need to do this within 7 days of arriving in the UK.

    If you are applying in the UK

    If you are applying in the UK and you needed to register with the police you will need to send an up-to-date registration certificate with your visa application.

    For more details see: Police Registration

    If you will be studying or researching one of the subjects in the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) that includes science, engineering and technology, check exactly which courses require an ATAS and how to apply for it. If you need an ATAS certificate you must get this before you get your CAS.
    If any of your documents are not in English then in addition to submitting the untranslated document you must also include an official translation that has been signed and dated by an authorised and verifiable translator and includes their contact details and credentials and a confirmation that it is an accurate translation of the original document.