The Tier 4 General is the UK student visa category; created for students who are over the ave of 16 and are looking to study in the UK.
The Tier 4 General (student visa) is a point based system application; applicants will need to score a minimum of 40 points in order to qualify under In order to qualify under this category (Tier 4 General Student), you are required to score 40 points.
A confirmation of acceptance of studies (CAS) is a ‘virtual document’ akin to a database record. The CAS contain a unique reference number that shows that the university has offered you a place to study in their institution subject to no other conditions
A CAS is valid if the following apply: -
Please note that, after a successful issuance of a CAS, it must be used within 6 months, failure of which would result in the expiration of the CAS. A visa application with an expired CAS will result in an automatic refusal.
The CAS may not be used two times. The implication of this is that in the event of a refusal, the educational institution will need to issue another CAS (if you want to reapply).
Importantly, you are expected to be making an application to:
In case you are to do a full-time course which is not a Foundation Programme, it is required that the course would:
In case the course is not an English Language course or is lesser than level 6 of the revised National Qualifications Framework (NQF) or its equivalent, it is required that the course would:
A National Qualification Framework (NQF) Level 3 is equivalent to a United Kingdom ‘A level’. While the National Qualification Framework (NQF) Level 6 is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree of the United Kingdom.
An individual who has studied in the United Kingdom in the past under Tier 4 (General) or in line with the Rules in existence before the 31st of March 2009, he/she cannot be issued a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) on or after the 4th of July 2011 by the the Tier 4 sponsor except:
More so a CAS may be issued to you in order to enable you take up a new course of study higher academically than that previously done; or so that you can take up a course that contributes extra features to the course done at the same academic standing.
You are allowed to do extra courses (such as evening courses) in addition to your main studies. The course can be on any subject, and does not have to relate to your main course of study.
You do not need to get the Home Office, UKBA permission in order to do extra studies, and you do not need to tell your Tier 4 sponsor. But you must ensure that the extra course does not stop you from doing the course that you have permission to stay for.
If the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) rejects your application for a Tier 4 General student visa, you are permitted to lodge an Administrative review against your application’s rejection in no more than 28 days after which the letter of refusal was received. The decision of the ECO will be reviewed by the Entry Clearance Manager (ECM) based on the reasons lodged that supports the request for Administrative Review.