Applying for a visa

You will need a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study at Leeds Beckett International Study Centre for progression to Leeds Beckett University. Check if you need a visa.

How do I get a UK student visa?

  • First, you must apply for the programme of your choice.
  • Receive an offer of a place on your chosen programme.
  • Send requested documents to be checked by Admissions team or your Student Enrolment Adviser.
  • Receive a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies)
  • Pay a deposit and CAS payment.
  • Apply for your visa online, and pay the application fee. You must attach financial statements which prove that you have the funds to cover the programme and your living costs.
  • You may then be required to attend a credibility interview.
  • You will be contacted by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to inform you whether your visa application has been accepted or rejected.

When should I apply for a visa?

You can apply for a visa up to three months before your course start date. Apply early to make sure there is enough time for your application to be processed. 

How long can I stay in the UK with a student visa?

In addition to the period of leave given to you to carry out your course of study, leave to remain will also be granted depending on your length of course. See section 5.66 in Tier 4 Sponsor Guidance document to find out more.

Can I get a job with a student visa?

If you are a Tier 4 student, you are entitled to work during your pathway programme at the International Study Centre providing that your visa is granted on or after 1 August 2019.

The main purpose of the Tier 4 visa route is for students to come to the UK to study. Where a student is permitted to work, the intention is that this should be an opportunity to gain work experience in their field of study. In most cases we expect this to be taking a part-time role for an established business/organisation (for example, a customer service role at a retailer) or as part of a work placement provided it is an integral and assessed part of your course.

A Tier 4 visa allows you to work for a maximum of 10 hours per week during term-time for an undergraduate level study or 20 hours per week during term-time for a postgraduate level study. This is the maximum hours in any one week, including paid or unpaid work and for one or more organisation. This cannot be averaged over a longer period. A 'week' is defined by the Home Office as a period of 7 days beginning with a Monday.

If allowed to work, students cannot:

  • be employed as a doctor in training (except on a recognised foundation programme)
  • be employed as a professional sportsperson (including a sports coach)
  • be employed as an entertainer
  • be self-employed (except where the student is awaiting a decision on an application they have made for leave to remain as a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur
  • engage in business activity
  • fill a full-time, permanent vacancy (except on a recognised foundation programme or as a Student Union Sabbatical Officer).

If you stop studying before completing your course, you will no longer be entitled to work and will be in breach of your conditions of leave if found working.

You should apply for a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, not to work. The UKVI know that some students who are given working rights are more focused on a job than studying, even working more hours than legally allowed. In your interview, you should be clear that you want to come to the UK to study.

The Immigration Officer might also ask if you intend to work, and you should say that if you do work, it will be in a job to gain work experience in your chosen field of study, and that you will stay within the limits of your working right hours.

Explain to the interviewer why you have chosen to study in the UK, rather than in your home country or elsewhere.
Show that you have done your research, and tell the interviewer why you think Leeds Beckett is the right university for you. 
You should be able to demonstrate that you have a financial plan of how to afford your tuition fees and living costs.

What if my student visa is refused?

If you receive a visa refusal, you have 28 days to submit an Administrative Review to the UKVI and challenge the decision made. You will need to respond in writing to each of the points raised in the refusal.