Tier 4 Visa Guidelines

1. Where do I find official online guidance that addresses applying for a Tier 4
(General) student visa?

https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa/overview
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/usa-apply-for-a-ukvisa/apply-for-a-uk-visa-in-the-usa

2. Is there a fee for a Tier 4 visa?

Yes, it is 328 GBP. If you are interested in pursuing a refund for this fee, see this
link at VFS Global, official partner of UK Visas and Immigration.

3. How long does it take to attain a Tier 4 visa?

Typically, you will receive a decision within 3 weeks.

4. When can I begin to apply for a Tier 4 visa?

Three months before the start of our course.

5. How soon can I enter the UK on my Tier 4 visa for the London Internship
Program?

Up to one week before the start of our course.

6. What if I am doing Spring Term Abroad and need my visa sooner than three
weeks?

You can apply for a variety of priority visas that put your application at the front
of the queue at VFS Global.

7. After I have completed my online application, paid my fee, and booked my biometric appointment, what do I do next?

You go to your appointment with:

  1. Your printed application form which includes a biographical info page at the beginning (biometric confirmation receipt),
  2. Your ORIGINAL and CURRENT passport (not a copy),
  3. Your Priority Visa receipt (if applicable)

8. What if I need to change my biometric appointment?

Go to the home page of your online application. Click the tab labeled "View Appointment", and then on the next page you select "Update Appointment" and you will have the option to change it.

9. After I have attended my biometric appointment, what do I do next?

You need to:

  • Put your application materials in the mail within 5 DAYS of your appointment. These materials include:
    • Your ORIGINAL and CURRENT passport. A copy will not be accepted.
    • Your printed application form and stamped page from the biometric appointment
    • A return envelope and ELECTRONIC shipping label. Hand-written labels will be REFUSED from UKVI. You can purchase an electronic shipping label here at VFS Global.

If an error occurs on the site, please go to a UPS store (NOT FED-EX) and purchase an electronic label and return envelope.

If you are using the Priority Visa service, you need to write on the front and back of the outside of the outer mailed envelope "Priority Service" in large letters AND include a copy of the Priority visa receipt.

  • Mail your application materials to the British Consulate General in New York.
    • Your ORIGINAL and CURRENT passport. A copy will not be accepted.
    • Your printed application form and stamped page from the biometric appointment
    • A return envelope and ELECTRONIC shipping label. Hand-written labels will be REFUSED from UKVI. You can purchase an electronic shipping label here at VFS Global.

If an error occurs on the site, please go to a UPS store (NOT FED-EX) and purchase an electronic label and return envelope.

If you are using the Priority Visa service, you need to write on the front and back of the outside of the outer mailed envelope "Priority Service" in large letters AND include a copy of the Priority visa receipt.

  • Mail your application materials to the British Consulate General in New York.

UK Visas and Immigration
British Consulate General
845 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022