International Student Immigration Service (ISIS)

Introduction of Priority Visa Application Service in China

27 January 2015

The Home Office have now introduced a priority visa application service for Tier 4 applications in all 12 Chinese visa application centres across China.  The Home Office advise applications through the priority service will be processed within 5 working days.

Further details can be found on the Home Office webpages:

Priority service in China|

Fraud scheme targeting international students

13 November 2014

In previous years, there have been attempts to fraudulently obtain money from international students by telephone callers making false claims that they are UK Visas and Immigration.

The caller may advise you that you did not complete your alien number on arriving in the UK and request that you pay a £600 fine.  They may then follow-up with a second call requesting a further £500 as they need to make background checks in your home country.

If you receive a telephone call asking you to pay money because you have not completed a visa process, do not provide your bank details or confirm any personal information.  Please contact ISIS immediately for advice

Early release for internship schemes in 2015

As in previous years, the Home Office have given permission for LSE to release students early for the Summer vacation / before your official programme end date to begin a formal internship scheme.

You must seek formal permission from both your academic department and the Registry before you can start working full-time on your internship scheme.  Full details can be found on our working during your studies web page.

Working During your Studies|

New Tier 4 visa condition

10 November 2014

A Tier 4 visa that you applied for on or after 6 November 2014 will have a new study condition: you can only use it to study the specific programme named on your CAS. This means that if you wish to progress to a new programme at LSE at the end of your visa, you will need to make your Tier 4 extension application before you can register.

Previously, a Tier 4 visa for study at LSE allowed you to start a new programme at LSE during the period at the end of the visa (which can be up to 4 months), without making a Tier 4 extension application until that visa was about to expire. In practice, people did often apply for the Tier 4 extension before registering on the new programme anyway, but it was not required.

For clarity, simplicity and good practice at Registration, it is likely that the School will in future require all students to make their new Tier 4 application before they can register on a new programme, regardless of when they applied for their current visa.

Appeals replaced with Administrative Review

10 November 2014

For Tier 4 applications made on or after 20 October 2014, the Appeals process for refusals has been replaced by Administrative Review (AR).  An AR is when the Home Office reviews the decision-making process made by the caseworker when considering the application.  It is not a legal process handled by the Immigration Tribunal.

UKCISA has prepared detailed information for students about your options after a Tier 4 refusal|. As well as AR, it includes information about Appeals for those who made their Tier 4 application before 20 October 2014:

If your visa application is refused please keep all of the documents you have been sent by the Home Office and the envelope they were delivered in as proof of receipt. Contact ISIS immediately for advice.


Interviews as part of the Tier 4 application process in the UK

11 September 2014

As part of the Tier 4 application process in the UK, you may now be requested to take part in an interview.  We understand that there may be delays in receiving the invites from the Home Office.  If you are requested to attend an interview and you are unable to reply in time, please let ISIS know immediately.

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 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.