International Student Immigration Service (ISIS)
Relocation of the Overseas Visitors' Records Office (OVRO)
From the 1 September 2014, the OVRO will be relocating to Southwark Police Station, 323 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1JL.
Visa processing times
The visa processing times service is currently unavailable on the Gov.uk website. We are not aware when these pages will be available again. Please continue to check the following link to find out the processing times in your country:
Visa processing times
Changes to the living costs amount
8 July 2014
The amount of money required each month increased for applications made on or after the 1 July 2014 to £1020 per month up to a maximum of nine months.
The current Tier 4 Policy Guidance for applicants does not reflect this change. ISIS strongly recommends that you use £1020 per month for living costs.
Increase in Tier 4 (General) and Tier 4 Dependant application fees
28 April 2014
The Home Office has increased the fees for Tier 4 (General) and Tier 4 Dependant applications to the following:
Tier 4 (General) application outside UK - £310
Tier 4 Dependant application outside the UK - £310
Tier 4 (General) standard application in the UK - £422
Tier 4 Dependant standard application in the UK - £422
Tier 4 (General) premium application in the UK - £822
Tier 4 Dependant premium application in the UK - £822
Changes to the immigration rules
26 March 2014
The Home Office recently published a statement of changes to the immigration rules. The main changes for Tier 4 (General) student visas are as follows:
Credibility interviews - the exemption from the genuineness test for low-risk nationals will be removed.
Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates will be added to the list of low-risk nationals.
The level of maintenance funds required will increase from the 1st July 2014 to £1020 per month.
ATAS Certificates - students applying for leave to remain under the Doctorate Extension Scheme will not be required to provide an ATAS certificate if their course of study finishes within 28 days of their date of application.
Change of location for Home Office visas and immigration advice
26 February 2014
The UK Border Agency was officially disbanded in 2013 and split into two separate sections dealing with visa applications and immigration enforcement.
The section dealing with visa application processing is now known as UK Visas and Immigration. Any correspondence you receive regarding your Tier 4 application will now state it is either from the Home Office or UK Visas and Immigration.
UK Visas and Immigration advice has now been moved to gov.uk.
Changes to the application forms in the UK
14 February 2014
From the 1 July 2013, UK Visas and Immigration introduced two online methods of applying for the Tier 4 visa in the UK.
'Print and Send' application form - 'Print and Send' means that you complete the application form online, then print it and send it with your supporting documents to the UK Border Agency. Your date of application is the day that you post your form and documents to the UK Border Agency.
Online application form - you can now complete the Tier 4 (General) application fully online. If you choose this method, the date of application is the day that you pay for your application online. You will not receive any acknowledgement letters from UK Visas and Immigration until you submit your supporting documents. We advise that you do not pay for your application until your supporting documents are prepared and that you submit the documents as soon as possible to the UK Visas and Immigration
We have been advised that the Print and Send method of application will be removed as an option in the near future. We advise you to choose the Online application method.
We have produced guidance to help you.
Croatian nationals after the 1 July 2013
After the 1 July 2013, LSE will be required to report to the UK Border Agency that it is no longer sponsoring Croatian nationals on a Tier 4 visa for their studies. You will be able to continue your studies and remain in the UK beyond the date your immigration permission expires.
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has issued the following guidance for students:
We have updated our Working During your Studies page with information of working after Croatia joins the EU.
Working During your Studies