Visas and immigration
Our International Student Advisors are here to help you with any aspect of applying for a
visa or your queries around immigration.
On these pages you will find detailed information on applying for a variety of visas and help with visa and passport issues.
Visa fee increases
The Home Office has published proposals to increase fees for several visa application routes from April 2015. The proposed increases relevant to students are:
- Tier 4 Student Visa application fee (outside the UK) increasing to £322, Tier 4 Student visa extension (in the UK) increasing to £439
- 6 month Student Visitor Visa application fee increases to £85
- Extended 11 month Student Visitor Visa application fee (for English language study only) increases to £162
Biometric Identity Documents (BIDs)
The Home Office has outlined plans to change the way visas are issued to Tier 4 Students and their dependants. At present Tier 4 visas issued outside the UK are valid for the total length of a student's study programme plus an additional 1, 2 or 4 month period based on the programme length and level. Later in 2015 the Home Office plans to change this so that when your visa is granted in your home country initially only a short term Entry Clearance vignette valid for 30 days from expected date of travel will be issued in your passport. After using this short-term visa to enter the UK, you will then have to collect your Biometric Identity Document or 'BID' upon arrival in the UK. The BID will be issued in the form of a secure biometric card, and will cover the full visa length appropriate to your study programme including any additional time.
Further information of the introduction of BIDs and the arrangements which will be put in place for the collection of these visa cards will be made available once details have been confirmed by the UKVI.
Migrant Health Charge
The UK Immigration Act 2014 made provision for charging those applying for a UK visa an additional fee as a contribution towards healthcare services in the UK. This will begin on 6 April 2015 and payments are to be made up front as a supplement to the visa application fee. The charge has been set at £150 for students and for their dependants, and will be applied to all applications for a visa for longer than six months if applying from outside the UK, or for any length of visa extension within the UK. The £150 is a pro rata annual fee based on the total number of years that Student or Student Dependant visa is granted. Part years will be charged at £75 if less than six months, and £150 if more than six months duration. Further information can be found on the UKVI website: Immigration health surcharge: information for migrants.