When making a Tier 4 (General) student visa application you will be required to submit various supporting documents.

The Tier 4 financial requirement is extremely strict, and not meeting it is the main reason applicants get visa applications refused. It is essential that you read our guidance carefully and allow enough time to prepare before making your visa application. Please start by reading our detailed Guide to Meeting the Financial Requirements [pdf]

  1. The visa application is submitted online and documents are also submitted electronically.
  2. Any documents submitted that are not in English must include a translation that meets the Home Office requirements (see: Translations [pdf]),
  3. Bank statements must also meet Home Office requirements (see: Bank Statements [pdf]),
  4. Certain financial institutions are not recognised‌ by the UKVI
  5. The UKVI has a very specific definition for a Financial sponsor [pdf].

Please note that the documents required for a student starting a new course of study will be slightly different to the documents required for a continuing student as shown by the checklists below.

Are you a low-risk student?

Certain nationalities are designated as low-risk for the purposes of the Tier 4 application process. Nationals from these countries are not required to submit all documents with their application. Check the Home Office website to see if you are considered a low-risk national.

Document Checklist

Document checklist

New students

Documents for a Tier 4 (General) visa for a new course of study

Below is a summary of documents that you may need to include with your Tier 4 (General) student visa application if you are applying for a new course of study from overseas or within the UK.

Documents for overseas or UK Tier 4 applications for new course of study

DocumentTypeLow-riskAll other applicants
Passport Scan/photo of the photo page in your passport Required to submit Required to submit
Previous Qualifications (as listed on your CAS)  Electronic copy of certificate or transcript (+ translation, if required) Not required to submit Required to submit
English Language (pre-sessional students only) Electronic copy of certificate (+ translation, if required) Required to submit Required to submit
ATAS Certificate (if listed on your CAS) Use the PDF emailed to you by the ATAS team Required to submit Required to submit
Bank statements** Electronic copy of statements (+ translation, if required) Not required to submit Required to submit
Scholarship letter (if receiving a scholarship) Electronic copy of letter (+ translation, if required) Not required to submit Required to submit
Police Registration Certificate (only nationals of certain countries) Scan/photo of your certificate Check your visa Required to submit if applying within the UK
TB Test Results (not required if applying from within the UK) Scan/photo of your certificate The Home Office requires certain nationalites to take a TB test, this must be included with your application. The Home Office requires certain nationalites to take a TB test, this must be included with your application.

** If you will be using your parents' bank statements to show evidence of funds you will need to include (i) a letter of consent from that parent and (ii) an electronic copy of your birth certificate or a notarised copy (plus translations if any of these are not in English)

Continuing students

Documents for a Tier 4 (General) student visa for continuing students

Below is a summary of documents that you may need to include with your Tier 4 (General) student visa application if you are a continuing student, on the same course of study and you will be applying either from overseas or within the UK.

If you are continuing student you should not be required to show previous qualifications or an English language certificate

Documents for continuing students applying for a Tier 4 (General) student visa overseas or within the UK

DocumentTypeLow-riskAll other applicants
Passport Scan/photo of the photo page in your passport Required to submit Required to submit
Biometric Residence Permit (only if you have been issued with one) Scan/photo of the front and back of the BRP card Required to submit Required to submit
ATAS Certificate (if listed on your CAS) Use the PDF emailed to you by the ATAS team Required to submit Required to submit
Bank statements** Electronic copy of statements (+ translation, if required) Not required to submit Required to submit
Scholarship letter Electronic copy of letter (+ translation, if required) Not required to submit Required to submit
Police Registration Certificate (only nationals of certain countries) Scan/photo of your certificate Check your visa Required to submit if applying within the UK

** If you will be using your parents' bank statements to show evidence of funds you will need to include (i) a letter of consent from that parent and (ii) an electronic copy of your birth certificate or a notarised copy (plus translations if any of these are not in English)