A step by step guide to making your entry clearance or visa application
If you have received confirmation of your place at LJMU, you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain.
Submit your application at the nearest British Embassy, High Commission, VFS-UK or Consular Office (British diplomatic post) which issues visas or entry clearance.
The British Embassy or High Commission in your own country will ask for the following documents:
- A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
- Evidence of the appropriate financial support for your programme
- Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
- All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
- A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study Appropriate Academic Technology
- Approval Scheme (ATAS) clearance (if applicable)
In order to obtain a visa you will need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application.
For the latest information on how to apply for a UK student visa, see the visa information on the UK government website.
You are advised to make your visa application as soon as you receive your offer from LJMU, remembering to factor in the time it will take to provide biometric data (photographs and fingerprints).
If you are already in the UK, you can extend your visa:
Tier 4 (General) visa extensions are now done through the Tier 4 Student Online application via the UKVI website. You need to register for a UK Visas and Immigration account.
Applications for dependants applying either alongside the main applicant or separately should also use the online version.
We strongly recommend that all students enrol on a visa workshop before submitting their applications. Workshops run every Wednesday at 2pm in the IT Suite, Ground Floor, Avril Robarts Library.
If you unable to attend a workshop for any reason, please contact email@example.com or call 0151 231 3673.
Check if tuberculosis screening programmes operate in your country or a neighbouring country and, if applicable, take into account the time this will add to your visa application process.
Complete a VAF9 application form plus Points Based System Appendix 8 if you are applying for the student Tier 4 (General) visa from outside the UK
Forms are available to download from the UKVI website.
Bringing your family?
If family members are accompanying you, you will also need to complete a VAF10 form. Each dependant must fill in a separate application. Please note that dependants may only accompany you to the UK if you are studying a postgraduate course of 12 months or longer.
Remember: If you are not an EEA or Swiss national, you must apply for ‘entry clearance’ (a visa) before you leave your home country. It is very important that you do not enter the UK as a visitor as you will not be able to switch visa categories once you are here, and you will not be permitted to start your course.
Check your visa carefully
When you get your visa it is essential that you check it carefully to ensure that:
- Your name and date of birth are correct
- It says you are a Tier 4 student
- It starts on or before the date you want to travel to the UK
- It does not end sooner than expected
If any of these details are incorrect, please ask to have your visa amended before you travel as it is very difficult to make changes afterwards and may affect your right to remain in the UK.
Applicants from the EEA (European Economic Area) or Switzerland
You do not need a visa or entry clearance to enter the UK.
- List of EEA countries is available on the UK Council for International Student Affairs website
- See also the UK Border Agency website
If you need further information, for example on the following topics, please see the Government’s Visa Information webpages.
- Visa fees
- Tier 4 student visa checklist
- Make an online application
- Family members, dependants and visitors to the UK
- How to extend your visa
See also: UK Border Agency for information about how to apply for permission to come to or remain in the UK as a student or student visitor.
If you need advice on how to apply for your visa or if your visa application has been refused, contact the International Admissions Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible.
Information specific to international postgraduate research students
- Academic Technology Approval Scheme
International students who wish to study certain science, engineering and technology subjects at postgraduate level (and some enhanced undergraduate programmes) will need to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme certificate. To find out if you need a certificate and to complete your application, visit the GOV.org website. Information and advice can be obtained by contacting the University’s International Admissions Team: email@example.com.
- Attendance Monitoring Requirements
As an international postgraduate research student you’ll be required to complete attendance/progression monitoring forms during your studies.
- Doctoral Extension Scheme
The University participates in the Doctoral Extension Scheme which applies to students on Tier 4 or Tier 2 visas, or Tier 1 post-study work visas. Under the scheme students completing a PhD or other doctorate-level qualification will be able to stay in the UK for a year after completing their course to allow them more time to find work with a Tier 2 employer, set up as an entrepreneur, or gain practical work experience in their field.