Applying for a student visa

If you are a non-EEA national coming to study a full-time programme at Imperial College Business School, you will need to apply for a Tier 4 student visa. It is important that you prepare carefully for this application so that you don’t experience any problems with your application. Imperial has a team of dedicated immigration advisers based in the International Student Support Service who can provide advice to guide you through the visa application process. It is essential that you read their online guidance carefully and contact the team directly if you have any questions.

Timeline

The process from receiving an offer to applying for your visa is shown below. Please note that the Registry will normally start issuing CAS numbers 6-8 weeks prior to your programme start date. 

  • Receive your offer of admission

  • Upload a copy of your passport and current visa (if applicable) to My Imperial in the 'My passport, visa and CAS' section

  • Complete the conditions of your offer

  • Offer becomes unconditional and your CAS number is generated

  • Use your CAS number to make your visa application for Imperial

Financial requirements

It is very important that you understand how to meet the financial requirements of a Tier 4 application, as it can be very easy for your visa application to be refused if you get it wrong. Do not assume that just because you have a lot of money in a bank account that this will be acceptable – the money needs to be held for a set period of time and the documents need to be in a very specific format. 

Please read this guidance carefully and contact international@imperial.ac.uk if there is anything you are not sure about.

Visa application problems

If you prepare carefully for your application, you shouldn’t have any problems. However, if for any reason your visa application is refused, please send a copy of the refusal notice to international@imperial.ac.uk as soon as possible. Our International Student Support Team will advise on appropriate next steps.

For help and assistance at any stage during the process, please contact International Student Support directly on international@imperial.ac.uk.

European Economic Area (EEA)/Swiss nationals

As the UK is currently in the transition period following its exit from the European Union, students beginning new courses before the end of this year will need to apply for UK immigration status (either settled or pre-settled status) under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Except in a few cases, you need to apply if:

  • You’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen
  • You’re not an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen but your family member is.

You must be resident in the UK before 31 December 2020 in order to be eligible to apply.

You do not need to apply if you have

  • ‘Indefinite leave to enter’ the UK
  • ‘Indefinite leave to remain’ in the UK
  • British citizenship
  • Irish citizenship

The College’s central source for information about Brexit can be found here and is regularly updated with the latest news and information.

Please note that the visa arrangements for EU nationals from 1 January 2021 are not yet confirmed. Imperial College London will be updating advice for students starting courses after 1 January 2021 here as soon as it is available.

Visas and COVID-19

If you are a Non-EEA national and you have been accepted onto a Master’s programme you will be required to apply for a Tier 4 visa for the full duration of your course. This is the case even where parts of the course may be delivered remotely due to COVID-19. For further information around applying for visas please visit the College Visas and Immigration page for admitted students.