Extending your Tier 4 Visa

Stop Press - Recent Changes to the Immigration Rules

Changes to the cost of applications forr Tier 4 and Tier 4 dependants

Entry clearance (visa) applications outside the UK:

  • Standard - £348
  • Priority visa service - £560
  • Super priority visa service - £1,304
  • User-pay visa application centre - £55

Leave to remain (extension) applications in the UK

  • Standard - £475
  • Priority service - £952
  • Premium service - £1,085
  • Super premium service - £10,500

Short-term students

  • Up to six months - £97 (and remains free for non-visa nationals who apply on arrival in the UK)
  • More than six and up to 11 months - £186
Changes to Tier 4:
Students who need to make a Tier 4 application to undertake a study abroad programme or an assessed work placement, or who need to extend their visa having completed a study abroad programme or work placement as part of their course, are now exempt from having to meet any requirement about academic progress.  In practice this means that you may be able to add a work placement without returning home.  Please contact IISA directly for further information and to check eligibility.

A limited pilot has been announced whereby students who are granted entry clearance to enter the UK from certain countries (currently limited to the USA) will receive an "e-visa" has opposed to the traditional vignette sticker in the passport.

Short Term Study:
The rules regarding the Short Term study visa have been amended to allow students who are studying on this category of visa to stay for an additional 30 days after their course has ended.  However, this does not allow you to stay beyond the end date as stated on your visa.

Changes to Tier 2:
Tier 4 students (excluding those studying a PhD) who are switching to Tier 2 (General) previously needed to have completed and passed their course. This has changed so that students can make their application for Tier 2 as soon as the course has been completed. If the final degree certificate or academic transcript are not yet available, evidence can be submitted stating the date the course was completed, having sat all exams and presented all academic papers.

Biometric letter information

As part of the Tier 4 application process, you will be required to attend an appointment with the UKVI's Partner, Sopra Steria, to register your photograph and  fingerprints. Your applicaiton fee will include the payment for this service  When you have submitted your application, a member of IISA will give you a letter that you need to take to your Sopra Steria Appointment.  Your adviser will also confirm the address of the Sopra Steria Office you are going to attend.  Most students will attend the Cardiff Sopra Steria Centre which is located at:

Cardiff Main Library,

The Hayes,

CF10 1FL

If you do not attend the appointment that is booked for you, then you may be putting your application at risk.

Completing your CAS assessment form

Before issuing your CAS statement, the University is required to consider your current circumstances and study history in order to assess whether or not you are eligible for a Tier 4 student visa. In order to access a CAS statement from the University to make your visa application you therefore need to fully complete the electronic CAS assessment form and submit as directed.  You will also need to email us  copies of the following documents:

  • Passport(s), including all UK visas
  • Documentation regarding all courses you have undertaken in the UK to date (e.g. offer letters / student status letters / CAS / results letters)
  • Bank statements showing you have enough money in your account to meet the Tier 4 maintenance requirements (or sponsorship letter if you are a Government sponsored student)

Completing the online Tier 4 (General) application form

If you are applying by post or in person you will need to complete the Tier 4 (General) application form online. Your Adviser from the IISA team will do this with you in your appointment.

Please come to drop-in in Treforest between 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm Monday to Friday (closed Tuesday afternoons from 1pm) for further information.

If your visa is refused or if there is an error on your visa, you will need to submit an Administrative Review.  A member of IISA will be able to assist you in identifying whether or not an administrative review is appropriate and will then also submit this for you.

When your new visa is returned all students must update the Home Office with their current home address (even if it is the same as the one you put on your form). Please see the Change of Circumstances page for details about how to do this.