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Applying for your visa

Applying for a visa can take time and can even seem a bit scary! Whether you’re planning to start a new course here or are already studying with us, you’ll find the information you need about making a successful visa application on this page. Remember we’re here to help every step of the way.

International student support team

Support and advice

Please don’t feel that you’re alone.

Whether you’re planning to start a new course here or are already one of our students, our International Student Support Service team can respond to questions you may have about your visa application and the documents you need in order to give you the best chance of success.

We are highly trained, highly experienced, and we deliver our advice in line with the OISC (UK Government Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner) code of standards.

You can contact us via email or call +44 (0)115 848 2631 and we’ll do our very best to help you.

If you’re already in the UK (for example, if you are joining NTU from another institution or have recently finished your PEAP or NTIC course) you can use our check and send service.

Getting advice on visas

One of our students, Teresa, introduces the team and the support you can access.

Visa support

Step-by-step guides to your visa application

We’ve put together step-by-step advice guides online to help you make a successful visa application, whether you’re:

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Making a successful visa application

The requirements for Tier 4 visa applications can be complex and are sometimes confusing.

It’s not unusual to get them wrong or misunderstand.

Here are a few examples of common mistakes made by applicants which can lead to a visa refusal:

  • not saving enough money (sometimes due to changing exchange rates)
  • not saving money for a long enough period (minimum 28 days)
  • providing financial evidence which is not in the right format, or not in the student’s or their parents’ name (for example, using another relative’s name, or the name of a family business)
  • forgetting to include a required document (for example a TB test, a birth certificate if bank statement is in parents’ name, official translations for documents not in English)
  • not giving the UKVI enough information to show genuine interest and commitment to studying in the UK (a student at interview, for example, may not know enough about the University and the course, or not give enough information about how they will cover the cost of their studies

You can find more information and common mistakes and misconceptions about Tier 4 visas on the UKCISA website (UK Council for International Student Affairs).

Still need help?

International Student Support Service
+44 (0)115 848 2631