As a non-EEA (European Economic Area) student you will need a visa to study at Anglia Ruskin University. The Tier 4 (General) category is for adult students who want to come to or remain in the UK for their post-16 education for more than six months.
These pages aim to identify some of the things you need to think about in preparation for making a Tier 4 visa application. For full official guidance from the Home Office please visit: www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa
The information provided on this page is meant as a guide only. While every reasonable effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, the University shall not be responsible for errors, omissions or inaccuracies and accepts no liability for any loss resulting directly or indirectly from using this information or the information published on the linked web sites.
There are two different types of Tier 4 (General) application, depending on where you are applying:
The UK Visa & Immigration (UKVI) is responsible for deciding applications in both cases.
If you are accepted unconditionally into one of our courses, Anglia Ruskin University will become your Tier 4 licensed sponsor for the duration of your time in the UK.
As your sponsor we are responsible, under immigration law, for you during your entire duration in the UK. We must tell the UKVI if you do not arrive for the start of your course, change the course you are studying, withdraw from your course, defer or suspend your studies, or if you do not attend classes.
A CAS is the only route to gaining a Tier 4 student visa. It is a unique 14 digit alphanumeric reference number, not a paper document. As a University, we will issue you with a ‘CAS statement’ which will be sent by email.
Your CAS will not be issued until you have met all the University conditions. You will not be issued a CAS if you cannot realistically obtain a visa before the start of your course.
Check you CAS statement carefully and report any incorrect information to firstname.lastname@example.org immediately.
You will need to transfer some of the details on the CAS statement onto your visa application form. Any differences between the information on the CAS and what you provide on the visa application form could result in a visa refusal.
The CAS is valid for 6 months and can only be used for one visa application.
To obtain a Tier 4 visa students must meet the full requirement of the Immigration Rules and also have 40 points under the Points Based System:
If you are applying for a visa extension you must apply before your current immigration permission ends. If you do not apply before then you become an over-stayer. Please note that overstaying is a criminal offence and Anglia Ruskin University will no longer sponsor you. Your future UK immigration applications may also be affected.
Please make an appointment with our International Student Advice Service (ISAS) who will be able to offer immigration advice and guidance.
You should apply for your Tier 4 visa as soon as you meet the conditions but no earlier than three months before the start date of your course.
Before you apply, watch our video tutorial which will guide you step by step.
You must apply online here https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/apply-visa-type/tier4.
Make sure that you apply in good time so that you can attend our Orientation events. You can check current visa application processing times in your home country here www.gov.uk/visa-processing-times
If you wish to progress to a new programme at ARU, for example a Masters following successful completion of your Bachelor’s degree, your current Tier 4 visa will allow you to register on a new course before extending your visa. You must extend your Tier 4 visa for the new course within six weeks of the start date of the new course, or before the current visa expires, whichever is the earlier.
This provision is set annually at the discretion of the Home Office and may change in the future.
A Tier 4 (General) Student application form completed online
Outside the UK: www.gov.uk/apply-uk-visa
Inside the UK: www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa/apply
If you are in the UK, your International Student Adviser will assist you with the online application process at your visa checking appointment.
A valid passport and valid visa and/or a biometric residence permit card.
A credit or debit card to pay the application fee online. Your International Student Adviser can help you to make your payment online if you are applying in the UK.
Your personal bank statement or bank letter to confirm that you have the money for your tuition fees and living costs. Tuition fees costs will be shown on your CAS statement. To find out other types of evidence which can also be provided visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-application-for-uk-visa-as-tier-4-student. You must show that you have held the money for tuition fees and living costs in your bank account continuously for a minimum of 28 days. The final date of this 28 day period must not be more than 31 days old on the date that you submit your application.
You can also use a bank account that belongs to your parent(s) or legal guardian to show that you have enough money to cover your tuition fees and living costs. Only if you are using you parent’s bank statement, you must also include one of the following:
Academic qualifications listed on your CAS statement. This will be all the original certificates or transcripts from your previous educational institutions that are listed on your CAS.
Some students will have to also provide:
Remember to retain copies of all the original documents you submit with your visa application.
Before you can apply for your visa, you will need to show that you have access to sufficient money to cover any unpaid tuition fees and a fixed amount of money for living expenses (maintenance).
The UKVI maintenance amounts are:
Please note: These amounts change frequently and are correct at time the time of publication
Location of study: Cambridge, Chelmsford
Amount required for your maintenance: £ 1,015 for each month of the course or a maximum of £9,135 (9 months)
Examples of how to calculate your maintenance:
Length of course: More than 9 months (1 academic year)
Campus: Cambridge or Chelmsford
Maintenance (funds) needed: First year of fee and £9,135 to cover living costs for 9 months in the UK
Example: If your tuition fee for your first year of study is £10,000, you have paid a deposit of £4,000 and your scholarship is £500, then your remaining tuition fee to show will be £5,500. You must show £9,135 (living costs) + £5,500 = £14,635 in available funds.
If you have paid for University accommodation, a maximum of £1,265 can be deducted from the total maintenance fees you are required to have. This is the case even if you have paid more towards your accommodation. You cannot deduct any other advance payments you make to private accommodation providers. You have to meet the maintenance requirements even if you are going to live for free with relatives.
We have developed an online calculator to help you work out how much money you will need to show.
For Bachelor degrees our requirement is IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no lower than 5.5 in any of the four elements (listening, speaking, reading and writing). For Master degrees our requirement is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with no lower than 5.5 in any of the four elements.
You will need to include your certificate with your visa application.
If you are applying to study a pre-sessional English language course we must use a Secure English Language Test (SELT) to confirm your English language ability is CEFR B1 or above.
Students from countries listed on the Home Office website www.gov.uk/tb-test-visa/countries-where-you-need-a-tb-test-to-enter-the-uk must include a TB certificate, from an approved test centre, with their visa application. This does not apply to visitors including student visitors who apply to come for six months or less.
Please be aware that you will need to book an appointment and at busy times you may have to wait 10 days for an appointment especially during the UK student visa peak season between July-October. Therefore it is important that you plan for your visa application to make sure you have enough time to fulfil all of the requirements and still arrive for the start of your course.
In addition to meeting all the above requirements, the UKVI may also interview you. The purpose of the interview is for the entry clearance officers to assess whether a student is 'genuine' before granting their visa.
Separate guidance will be sent with your CAS.
In your home country:
Anglia Ruskin University has been allocated as an 'Alternative Collection Location' (ACL) for your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) when you reach the UK.
To ensure your smooth registration process we would advise that you enter the ACL code shown below when you make your visa application to ensure your BRP is sent to your study location. This is much easier than going to the Post Office.
Please use code: 2HE574
Please use code: 2HE569
You have to travel to the UK before the deadline of registration stated on the CAS. You must also travel to UK during the validity of the 30 day vignette as otherwise you would have to pay again to obtain a new one. You may also miss the final deadline of registration and not be accepted on the course. If you experience any delays please email email@example.com.
Think very carefully before choosing your course and University. If you apply for a course using a CAS provided by Anglia Ruskin University your visa will be issued to study at Anglia Ruskin University only.
In most cases it is not possible to change your course from within the UK.