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Applying for a Tier 4 visa

To apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa, you must submit a fully completed visa application form with supporting documentation.

How to apply

Applying from outside the UK

  • Depending on the country where you live, you may need to make your application online.
  • You must submit your course application to Birkbeck in plenty of time in order to be considered for entry in your term of choice. For the 2019-20 academic year, you must apply for your course by 27 August 2019. There are exceptions to this date:
  • If you are applying for a MFA Theatre Directing, you must apply by 23 July 2019
  • For Grad Diploma in Economics, you must apply by 14 August 2019
  • If you are applying for BSc Economics, BSc Finance with Accounting or BSc Financial Economics, you must apply by 12 August 2019
  • If you are applying for BBA Culinary Industry Management, you must apply by 29 August 2019. 
  • If you are applying for BSc Mathematics, you must apply by 2 September 2019. 

Applying from inside the UK

  • You can submit your application and pay your visa application fees and immigration health surcharge from inside the UK by using 'Online' application.
  • You then print your Tier 4 visa application document checklist, and send it with your supporting documents to UKVI or take them to your appointment.
  • You also need to print your Biometric Enrolment Letter from the site and take it to a participating Post Office branch to complete your biometric enrolment. It must be completed within 15 working days.   

What to do once you receive a decision on your application

If your visa application was successful, you should:

If your visa application was unsuccessful, please send us the refusal note you received and request a new CAS. Please note that a CAS cannot be used more than once so do not submit a fresh visa application form without getting a new CAS.

Collecting your Biometric Residence Permit

You will be issued with a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) automatically if your visa is approved and the total length of your course is longer than six months. The BRP includes information about you, and is used to confirm your identity, your right to study in the UK and your right to any services or benefits you're entitled to.