Visa application process for students holding a conditional offer applying for either the 12-week or 6-week pre-sessional course:


1. Passport upload

Once your place is confirmed on the pre-sessional course, you must upload a copy of your passport to the Passport/Visa page of your Student e-Service record (under the Personal Details tab).

2. CAS number
Once you have uploaded your passport and paid the pre-sessional course fees, Registry will issue your CAS number. It will normally be issued within seven days of receipt of your payment and will appear in the Passport/Visa page of your e-Service account. To see this, click on the Personal Details tab and you will see Passport/Visa on the left of the blue header bar next to Personal Details.

N.B.  Your CAS number will cover your pre-sessional course only.

3. Visa application
You should now apply for your Tier 4 student visa. View guidance to completing your visa application for conditional offers (pdf).

Please note that you can apply for your visa a maximum of three months before the course start date:

  • 12-week course visa applications from Monday 1 April 2019
  • 6-week course visa applications from Sunday 12 May 2019

Meeting the Tier 4 Financial Requirement

In order to meet the Tier 4 Immigration Rules requirements, applicants must have held a set amount of money in a bank account for a consecutive 28 day period prior to making the visa application. Students applying for a visa for the pre-sessional course will need to have a minimum of £3795 to cover living costs in the UK during the course. View our guide to meeting the financial requirement. (pdf)

4. Visa extension

Your visa will expire approximately one month after the pre-sessional course end date.

If you pass your pre-sessional course assessment and fulfil all the conditions of  your offer, you will need to apply to extend your Tier 4 student visa to cover your main degree course. To help you with this, the International Student Support Team hold visa extension workshops during the pre-sessional course.


Visa application process for students holding an unconditional offer applying for the 3-week pre-sessional course:

Stages 1 and 2 are the same as for 12-week and 6-week students above. The only difference is that your CAS number will cover both the pre-sessional course and your main degree course.

3. Visa application
You should now apply for your Tier 4 student visa. View guidance to completing your visa application form with a joint CAS (pdf).

Please note that you can apply for your visa a maximum of three months before the course start date:

  • 3-week course visa applications from Sunday 2 June 2019

Meeting the Tier 4 Financial Requirement

In order to meet the Tier 4 Immigration Rules requirements, applicants must have held a set amount of money in a bank account for a consecutive 28 day period prior to making the visa application. Students applying for a visa to cover the pre-sessional and their main course will need to have a minimum of £11385 to cover living costs in the UK along with your tuition fees for the first year of the main course of study. View our guide to meeting the financial requirement. (pdf)

 

Other points to note for all students: 

Important note on CAS numbers

A CAS number generated by Imperial College London for a pre-sessional English course or for a pre-sessional English course plus a main degree course can only be used to obtain a Tier 4 student visa to study at Imperial College London. You will not be able to use this visa to study at any other institution. Equally, if you hold a CAS number and obtain a Tier 4 visa for another institution you will not be able to use this to study at Imperial College London.

Home Office interviews

Selected students applying for a Tier 4 visa from overseas will be required to complete a short interview via a video link with a member of staff from the Home Office in the UK. Applicants selected for interview will be asked a number of questions on their immigration history, education, study and post-study plans and financial circumstances. If you are invited to an interview, you may find it helpful to look at the College website so you are familiar with your MSc/MRes/PhD programme, the Pre-sessional English programme and Imperial College London.