Presentation on theme: "Extending your student visa"— Presentation transcript:
1 Extending your student visa Tier 4 (G) Student VisasIn this Session:General informationRequirements and rulesSupporting documentsHow to applyCompleting the application form
2 Your visa is important, without it you cannot study or stay in the UK. General InformationImportant!Prepare early and take your timeMake sure you meet all the requirements.Open & read letters from the Home OfficeThe ISA team are not always available to meet short deadlinesYou are responsible for your application.Your visa is important, without it you cannot study or stay in the UK.
3 How to avoid having your visa rejected General InformationHow to avoid having your visa rejectedMake sure your application is sent in time so that it arrives at the Home Office BEFORE your current visa expiresSend your application by special delivery and keep the receipt from the Post OfficeMust complete in BLACK inkMust use CAPITAL LETTERS to complete the formAnswer all required questions and follow the directions. If a question does not apply to you, leave it blankMake sure you have the most up-to-date form and all required documentsHave correct photos and fee paymentPrepare early!Ask question: Can you give me any reasons why a visa application would be refused?
4 General Information If your application is refused… You can appeal, if you have the rightYou must have applied before your visa expired. This includes re-applying.If your visa is refused or you loose an appeal, you do not have a valid visaThe university cannot continue to teach you, you must stop your course.The university will have to report this to the Home OfficeYou will have to return home to reapplyThis can affect your courseIf you fail to leave the UK you can get a 1 to 10 year immigration ban!Ask questions: If you break immigration laws, does anyone know what the penalty is?
5 The Application Process General InformationThe Application ProcessCome to a UEA Visa WorkshopComplete form & get required documentsCome to a Visa Application Checking SessionWe will send your application through the Student Batch Scheme.or you can apply by yourself, by post or in person, however we recommend the Student Batch Scheme
6 General Information Next Steps Biometric appointment – receive letter, book & attend appointmentWithin 14 weeks (or more) we will receive your passport and documents. We will contact you by .Take your visa to your school/faculty, to check and photocopy.
7 Extending your student visa Student Batch SchemeWe will check your applicationWe will send your application for youCosts £10 cashMust pay application fee with Postal Order from the Post OfficeWrite on top of page 5 “Biometric Letter to applicant”
8 Extending your student visa Student Batch Scheme cont.Contact Details on questions A2 & A3, B22 – B24Paul HartzlerInternational AdvisorDean of Students’ OfficeUniversity of East AngliaNorwichNR4 7TJTel:
9 Requirements and rules Application FormYou must print them off yourselfTier 4 (G) available from the UK Border Agency websitePBS (Dependant) for dependants is also available online. They can apply at the same time as a student, but a separate form must be filled in for each dependant.Also can be found from our websiteApplication Fees£357 if you are sending your application by post or through the Student Batch Scheme£628 if you are applying in person to the Home Office£80 for each dependant application£107 for each dependant if applying in person
10 Document Requirements Supporting documentsDocument RequirementsProviding the correct documents with your application is very important.All documents must be original, recent and in English.Not producing the correct documents will result in your application being refusedAll documents must be sent at the same time as your applicationAsk question: Do you think if you send your documents in Chinese for example, do you think they would be accepted?
11 Supporting documents Documents Passport – You should provide all the passports that you have ever used in the UK.Check is it valid and has at least 6 months leftIf any of these passports have been lost or stolen, you will need to provide a police report and details of your initial trip to the UK.
12 Requirements and rules Photographs – 2 UK passport size photographs of yourself.These must be on a white or light grey background, you cannot smile, and nothing in front of your face.Must be taken within 1 monthPhotograph Guidance can be found on the UKBA Home Office website.If you fail to meet the requirements your application will be returned.Ask Question: What are some reasons that your photographs would be rejected?
15 Requirements and rules Certificate of Acceptance for StudiesCAS StatementFrom your Teaching/Research Office or Admissions Office (if a new course)It will have:Personal detailsCourse detailsFees owed and paidOther documents needed*Make sure all information is correct**The started date on your CAS might not be the actual start date of your course. This is not a problem and is caused by the CAS computer programme.You must have a CAS to apply for a visa.Ask question: How many people have a CAS?
16 You only need the documents that are listed on your CAS! Supporting documentsDocuments to Support ApplicationProof of qualificationsYour CAS may list the ‘Documents used’ to obtain your place at UEA.You must include all of these original documents and in English or translated.If nothing is listed under ‘Documents used’ then you do not need to submit anythingYou only need the documents that are listed on your CAS!
18 Requirements and rules Money Needed for Tuition & Maintenance1st year course/tuition fees (or all course fees for one year or less)+Maintenance / Living Costs£5,400 (£600 x 9 months max.) Full maintenanceor £1,200 (if you meet the requirement to show the reduced amount - £600 x 2 months).Unless paid to UEA or have financial sponsor
19 Requirements and rules Reduced maintenance requirementTo show £1,200 you must:Currently be studying a course and have been studying for at least 6 months of that courseStarting a new course and completed a single course in the UK that was 6 months or longer and finished no more than 4 months before you applyIf you do not meet this requirement you must show the higher amount of a maximum of £5,400
20 Supporting documents How to prove that you have paid Tuition Paid in advance, show on CAS or official receiptBank account in your name (statement or letter)Letter from an Official Financial SponsorUEA Scholarship on CASLetter from your parent and birth certificate or other…MaintenancePaid in advance for UEA accommodation onlyBank account in your name
21 Supporting documents Bank Statements All funds must be in a bank account in YOUR nameYou must have the required funds in your account for 28 daysThe bank statement or bank letter cannot be more than 1 month oldMust be originals (keep your statements)Ask Question: What are the requirements for your bank statement to get your visa?
22 Supporting documentsBank Statements and Letters must have include the following:Your (or your parents) nameAccount numberDate of the statement or letterThe bank’s name and logoAmount of money availableAd hoc statements are accepted if on the bank’s letterhead paperIf a print out is used it must have all the above details and the official stamp on every page.You can use an overseas bank account. But it needs to be an original document, in English, and convert the end balance to British Pounds
23 Supporting documents Proof of finances from Financial Sponsor If you are receiving financial sponsorship, you must provide a letter from your financial sponsor confirming:the details of your sponsorship, includingthe amount of funds for tuition and maintenancewhen the sponsorship will finish.This needs to be on official letter headed paper and signed/stamped by your financial sponsor.
24 Supporting documents ATAS – Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certain subjects must apply for an ATAS, before you make a visa application.Check your CAS or with your schoolMasters and PhD students must check if neededTo apply you will need to obtain the JACS code from your School Office and check it to the list on the ATAS website:*This is not your ATAS CertificateYou must apply for your ATAS certificate online at least 1 to 2 months before applying for your visa.The certificate will be ed to you and must be printed and submitted with your visa application.
25 Supporting documents Police Registration Certificates If you are required to register with the police, you must include your Police Registration Certificate and those of any dependants also required to register.Certificates must be up-to-date and include your current address and details of any visa extensions or changes of course.To book an appointment call
26 Requirements and rules Translations in EnglishIf any of your documents are not in English or Welsh you will need to get them translated by a professional translator.The translation must include:Details of the translator’s credentialsConfirmation it is an accurate translation of the original documentTranslator’s contact detailsThe original signature & date of the translatorMust include both original and translation versions in your applicationIf the document provided is in English from your education institution or bank, that is acceptable
27 List of Required Documents Supporting documentsList of Required DocumentsThis is only a guideApplication FormApplication fee2 passport size photosPassport(s)CAS StatementBank Statement and/or receiptsAny Education documentsPolice Registration Certificate (if required)ATAS Certificate (if required)Financial Sponsor Letter (if required)Ask question: Can you list the documents you need to apply?
28 Extending your student visa How can we help you?Information on our websiteVisa Help GuideVisa Workshops (see timetable)Visa Application Checking Sessions (see timetable)We will send your application to the UK Border Agency through the Visa Batch SchemeCost of the Batch Scheme Service is £10 per applicationus atAsk questions: Is there anyone with dependants? If so please stay at the end and we will cover this in more detail.
29 Extending your student visa DependantsThe application fee is £80 for each dependant£107 for each dependant for in person appointmentEach dependant needs their own PBS Dependant application form.Include your dependants’ passports.Photographs – 2 UK passport size photographs of each dependant.Police RegistrationBirth Certificate - only if your child does not have a dependants visaMarriage Certificate – only if your spouse does not have a dependants visa
30 Extending your student visa DependantsMaintenance requirement – if you meet the reduced maintenance requirement, then your dependants will too.£800 (£400 multiplied by a maximum of 2 months per person)Or if you do not meet the reduced amount you must show£3,200 (£400 multiplied by a maximum of 9 months per person).You can use a bank statement in your name for your dependants, or it can be in the name of your dependant.If you are financially sponsored and it states it covers your family, you can use the original letter.Dependants and their documents must meet all the same requirements as you do.