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Student Route Visas

On 5th October 2020, the UK Government introduced the Student Route visa which replaced the Tier 4 route for all new student visa application for non-EU/EEA Nationals. 

If you are a non-EU/EEA National and your main reason for coming to the UK is to study a full time undergraduate or postgraduate course you will need to apply for a Student route visa. 

If you are making an application to extend your previous Tier 4 visa, due to the need to extend your course, you will also apply through the new Student Route.  

Current students: Please access the Help & Support section of your Student Portal for information.

If you are unsure if you need a visa to study in the UK you can check by entering your details on the Gov.UK website:  This tool will tell you if you need a visa and if it is a Student Route visa. 

Once you have your Student Route visa and are studying in the UK, there are certain responsibilities which both yourself and the University must meet 


Your Responsibilities  


University Responsibilities 

To provide the University with a copy of your passport and visa/biometric ID card when this information is requested once you arrive in the UK. To take and keep copies of the passport and visa/biometric ID cards for students who are non EEA nationals.
To keep your contact details in the UK up to date via the student portal Hold copies of all documents used to assess the student’s suitability for the academic programme prior to making the offer
To register for your course on time. To ensure contact details are up to date and to keep a record of any changes of address.
To study whilst you are in the UK –ensuring that you have good attendance on your course and no significant gaps or absences. To check registration and to report non-enrolment to the UKVI.
To follow University processes if you decide that you would like to defer or suspend your studies or withdraw from your course.  To monitor attendance and engagement and to report on any unauthorised non-attendance to the UKVI.
To return home if you stop studying in the UK for example if you defer or suspend your studies, withdraw from your course or your course is terminated. To monitor changes of status and to report deferrals, suspensions, withdrawals and course exclusions (including financial exclusions) to the UKVI.
 To notify the UKVI by email if you change your course or your Education Provider i.e.Northumbria University to another approved provider after you arrive in the UK. For visas issued on or after 5th October 2009, it will be a criminal offence to register for studies at an institution other than the one shown on the visa  
 To observe the Immigration Rules and not to work more than 20 hours a week during University term time, or the hours stipulated in your visa.  To notify the UKVI of any significant changes in your circumstances such as a change of course or the successful completion of your course where this is earlier than expected.

To apply for the Student Route you must meet the requirement of 70 points:

Points Type  Relevant requirements Number of points
  • CAS for studies requirement – given to you by Northumbria University
  • Course requirement
  • Qualification requirement
  • Level of study requirement
  • Place of study requirement


  • Relevant evidence that you have funds covering any unpaid fees and maintenance 
  • English qualification at CEFR B2 or above* 

*offers may require an English qualification higher than CEFR B2 

For more information on eligibility and how to meet the requirements, why not check out the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) pages. 





Depending on your course, and if you have studied in the UK before you will have to provide the following: 

  • Confirmation of Acceptance or Studies (CAS) 
  • Passport 
  • Biometrics Residence Permit (BRP) – if you have a current UK visa 
  • Financial Evidence – if applicable (The University will ask students to provide financial evidence of outstanding fees and maintenance requirement even if they have been in the UK for 12 months or more when making an in- country visa application)
  • Qualifications used to meet the course requirements - You should refer to your CAS to ensure you provide the correct qualifications 
  • ATAS Certificate(this will be stated in your offer if required) – information about ATAS applications and how to apply can be found here 
  • Tuberculosis (TB) testing evidence (if required) 
  • Police Registration – if you have previously held a UK visa 
  • Any English Language evidence as listed on your CAS. 
  • Official translations of any documents not in English 
  • Under 18 consent form – if you are under 18 years of age 


If you are a national of one of the exempt countries listed here, the Home Office specifies that you can be considered under the differential evidence requirement. 

While this means that you do not need to send financial and educational qualification documents with your visa application, you must still ensure that you  that you obtain them ahead of applying. This is because the Home Office can request  the evidence as part of their decision process and they will refuse your application if you are unable to provide it within the specified time-frame. 

You will still have to send your original passport and all other relevant supporting documents.  

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