Your application will be processed through the nearest Visa Centre in the country you are applying. You will need to travel to this visa centre as part of the application process. You can find out where this is by using the application centre finder on the UKVI website. Some countries do not have visa centres so you may be expected to travel to a neighbouring country.
When to make an application
The earliest you can submit an application is 3 months before the start date of your programme. If you submit an application earlier than this you will automatically be refused. The application date is the date you submit and pay for your application on-line.
As part of the application process you will be required to give biometric information. This means fingerprints and facial image. This has to be done in person at a Visa Centre. You book an appointment to do this on-line after you submit and pay for your application.
Healthcare charge (NHS surcharge)
All Tier 4 visa applications for a programme of study of more than 6 months in duration are required to pay a fee for access to NHS health care in the UK. You must pay this fee in advance and it is a mandatory requirement for a visa application. If you do not pay it your visa application will be refused.
As part of the application process most students should expect to have a credibility interview. You can find further information about this below.
- Where and when will I have an interview?
This will take place at the Visa Centre at the same time as you go for your biometric appointment. Interviews will be done over Skype and you will talk to a Home Office member of staff based in the UK. The purpose of the interview is to check that you are a genuine student. For most students the interview will be quite short, no more than 5-10 minutes.
- What will they ask?
Questions may be asked about your background and immigration history; about your previous education; about why you chose to study at Amity University [in] London, details of the studies you are planning to take including details of modules. They may also ask about your financial circumstances.
- How will the interview affect my application?
The Entry Clearance Officer who deals with your application will be given a copy of the transcript of the interview and will use that to assess your credibility along with the other documents you provide with the application.
If they have concerns about your credibility they will contact you for a second interview that will take place face to face or by telephone.
New visa regulations mean that you will be required to pick up a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) ID card upon arrival at the UK. You will have 10 days from arrival in the UK to pick it up. You must have collected your BRP to be eligible to enrol.
For further information regarding collecting your BRP please contact Amity Compliance Unit.
The UKVI now expects to interview most students as part of the application process. If you need to have an interview you will be notified of this by e-mail.