Visa Application Process
Tier 4 visa admissions requirements
has its own requirements for English. The level of English required for entry
onto one of our programmes is typically higher than UK Visas and Immigration
(UKVI) minimum requirements and the University also has its own requirements
about when a qualification must have been awarded.
requirements for degree level study are that students must meet at least B2
level on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale
in reading, writing, listening and speaking. This can be demonstrated by a
Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as an IELTS. Nationals of or graduates
from certain countries (including the UK) are exempt from this requirement.
As an HEI, the
University is entitled to make its own assessment of an applicant’s level of
English. Further information about this can be obtained from Admissions.
certain degree programmes require a type of security clearance known as the Academic
Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) before they can apply for a Tier 4 visa.
There are slight differences in the process for undergraduates and postgraduates.
Further information about this can be obtained from Admissions.
Applying for a Tier 4 visa
can apply, they need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) which is a
reference number assigned to the student following submission of a set of
information by the University to UKVI.
applicant’s offer becomes unconditional firm, an applicant would be expected to
pay a deposit of their tuition fees. Once the applicant has provided all the deposit
and any documents needed to the Admissions Team, they will be issued with a CAS
number, providing they meet our CAS issuing policy.
If they have
ever previously studied in the UK we must justify on their CAS how they are
making academic progression from their previous studies. It will also be
checked that they will not exceed the time limit that applies to their visas.
Once their CAS
has been issued and they have all the necessary documents, they can apply for a
If their visa
application is refused, they will be referred to the Visa and International
The Immigration Health Surcharge
applying for a visa to study here for more than 6 months will be required to
pay £150 per year for the entirety of their visa.
This will be
paid in one instalment at the point of visa application. For example, students
on undergraduate courses of 4 years will be expected to pay £600 when they make
their initial visa application.
will also apply to student dependants.
The next steps
On arrival at
Edinburgh Napier University students will need to attend an immigration and
finance check session to have their original passport, visa and
qualification documents verified before they can register in full. Students not
holding a valid visa to study at Edinburgh Napier are not allowed to register.
The CAS will
state that students can arrive up to four weeks after the course start date. In
exceptional circumstances if the student wishes to register after this date the
Director of School Support Service must give permission along with the
agreement of the Programme Leader. The
Head of Visa and International Support must be informed so that UKVI can be
notified, otherwise the student may have problems on arrival in the UK.
Students with other types of visas
classified as overseas do not require a Tier 4 visa as they may already hold a
different type of visa (e.g. a dependent visa) on which they are permitted to
study in the UK. You can contact the Visa and International Support Team for
Visas for visiting students or scholars
students and scholars coming to Edinburgh Napier for periods of less than six
months can apply for a Short-term study visa. Depending on their nationality,
they will either have to apply for their visa before travelling or on arrival
in the UK. If they are completing a placement whilst here, or are coming here
for six months or longer, they need a Tier 4 student visa.
Part-time and distance learning students
registered to learn on a part-time or distance learning basis cannot study on a
Tier 4 visa and need to obtain a Short-term study visa for the periods when
they need to be in Edinburgh.