Extending your Tier 4 student visa in the UK
If your leave to remain as a student (pre Tier 4) or Tier 4 student will expire before you finish your studies in the UK, you will need to extend it. You must submit your application to extend your visa before it expires. Do not wait until the last minute, as you will need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number from the university before you can submit your application and you need to get valid documents to send with your application. This can take time!
There is a limit on the number of years you are allowed to study in the UK. If you have already studied in the UK with a Tier 4 (General) Student visa OR with a Student visa (the type of student visa issued before Tier 4 was introduced on 31 March 2009) you should check if your new course will take you over the maximum time allowed. If it will, you will not be eligible for a Tier 4 (General) Student visa. Before they can issue you with a CAS, the university will also check this.Read more
If you are applying for a visa to continue a course you have already started at Kent, you must get your CAS from the Student Records and Examinations Office. Please note that they are very busy and they cannot issue a CAS more than 3 months before your current visa ends, as they need to prioritise urgent cases. It normally takes them at least 5 working days to produce a CAS, but you may need to wait longer at busy times of year (this includes the summer).
If you are applying for a CAS after the start of the academic year, please do not request it until you have paid your tuition fees, as these need to be included in the CAS.
If you are starting a new course, Admissions will automatically issue you with a CAS.
To enquire about a CAS:
- ask at the reception desk in the Registry
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit (if you have already started your course at Kent), or
- email: email@example.com (if you are starting a new course at Kent)
- You must also provide a number of documents to support your application.
Both we and the UK Border Agency are extremely busy from September to January due to the high number of student visa applications. At busy times, it will take several months for your application to be processed by the UKBA.
Completing the Tier 4 application form.
The Home Office has introduced a new online application system for Tier 4.
To apply you need to:
Go to the Tier 4 Student Online Application on the Home Office website
Create an account on the Home Office website by clicking "Log in to apply online" (you will find this at the bottom of the webpage).
Complete (fill in) the form online. Choose the Tier 4 (General) Student Online option.
Save your answers to each section of the form.
Tick the box after the declaration but DO NOT click "Next" if you want us to check your form, as you cannot change your answers. If we find mistakes you will have to start the form all over again.
DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR FORM AND MAKE YOUR PAYMENT TO THE HOME OFFICE IF YOU WANT US TO CHECK IT FOR YOU. ONCE YOU HAVE MADE THE PAYMENT IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO CHANGE ANYTHING YOU HAVE PUT ON THE FORM.
The form is held on the Home Office website for 56 days until you submit it.
If you want us to check the form for you when you have completed it, please do the following (in this order!):
1. Make an appointment to see an Adviser
2. Attend your appointment on time and bring with you:
3. At the appointment we will check the form and all your documents.
4. If your application is complete and is ready to submit, you can make the payment to the Home Office during your appointment and we will print off the official letter (cover sheet) to post to the Home Office.
Sending the form to the Home Office
We can send the cover sheet and your documents to the Home Office on your behalf via the student batch scheme or you may send it yourself or make your application in person at a Home Office Public Enquiry Office. It costs a lot more to make the application in person, but you should normally have your new visa within 10 days of the date of your appointmeny=t at the Public Enquiry Office.
See Tier 4 application fees
If we send your application to the Home Office, they will return your visa and other documents to us. Please note that at busy times it may only be possible for us to check your application and documents before you post the application yourself.
It is vital that you read the Tier 4 Policy guidance carefully, get the necessary documents and complete the form before you attend your appointment as we will not have time to complete the form for you.
At busy times of year we run visa workshops (seminars) in which we show you how to complete the form and tell you what documents you need. If possible, please come to a Tier 4 workshop before your appointment so that you know how to complete the form and what documents to bring. This will save you and us a lot of time.
If you are unable to come to a workshop, please complete as much of the form as you can before coming to see an adviser.
Further information and guidance
Download a list of documents
Download Tier 4 Policy guidance from Home Office website
You must be able to show that you have the required points under the Tier 4 (General) Student rules. Points are awarded as follows:
Points required: 40
Having a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies
Having enough money to cover course fees and monthly living costs (also known as maintenance or funds)