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Requirements to apply for a visa

1. Student visa form

Applying in the UK: Apply online using the new “online” application form

Applying Overseas

***Applicants from Cuba, North Korea, and Zimbabwe will not be able to apply online. The paper application form will need to be used.

  • Your Tier 4 sponsor is: Coventry University
  • Coventry University's sponsor licence number is: BDN68KDUX
  • If you are studying at Coventry University (not Foundation or London Campus) your study address and your Tier 4 sponsor's address will be:

Coventry University
Priory Street
Coventry
CV1 5FB

  • When filling out the online application, be aware that you will be required to pay by debit/credit card on the website.


2. Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS)

If you're a new student joining Coventry University, the Enrolment Management Team will issue you a CAS once you have met the conditions of your offer and paid the required deposit amount.

If you have graduated or completed a course and wish to progress onto a higher course of study at Coventry University, you need to apply for your chosen course of study and your CAS will be issued by your Enrolment Manager once you have met all of the conditions.

If you are continuing on your same course of study (for example, are doing or have done re-sits or have taken a placement year), you will need to complete a CAS request form. Further details can be obtained from the International Office.


3. Two new passport-sized photographs

Home Office guidance states photographs should be no more than 28 days old. You cannot use the photographs from any previous visa applications. Click here for guidance on photographs


4. Passports

You will need to include any passports you own which you have used to obtain entry clearance in the UK, unless it has been returned to the issuing authority.


5. Original qualifications

This will be all the original certificates or transcripts from your previous educational institutions that are listed on your CAS. If you are a student continuing on the same course of study, you will not need to resubmit any academic documents for a second time.


6. Bank statement

If you have not paid all of your course fees, you will need to show the remaining amount that you have not paid has been saved in your bank statement. This amount is found by subtracting the total amount of fees listed on your CAS from the amount of fees that you have already paid (this will also be listed on your CAS).

Along with any unpaid course fees, you will also need to show your maintenance, or living funds, in your bank statement. 

  Coventry Campus London Campus
Amount required for maintenance £1,015 a month for a maximum of 9 months (£9,135) £1,265 a month for 9 months (£11,385)

 

**Please make sure you are showing the correct amount of fees as stated on the updated Tier 4 Policy Guidance. 


How to show proof of funds

  • Bank statements must show funds every day for 28 days
  • The funds must be shown on the closing balance
  • The most recent statement must be dated no earlier than 31 days before the date of
    the application
  • You can only use your bank statements or your parents’ banks statements. You cannot use the bank statement of a sibling, step-parent, etc.

If you use your parents’ bank statements you must also include your original birth certificate and a letter from your parents stating that they are willing to sponsor you. The letter from your parents should include:

  • The relationship between you (son/mother, daughter/father, etc)
  • The fact that they give you permission to use their account
  • What course you are studying
  • The date the letter was written
  • Your parent/legal guardian's signature 
  • Translation of letter if not in English

Always remember: you need original versions of everything

**Please note: We do not advise using statements from Deposit Accounts, such as Certificates of Deposit; regardless of if they were accepted for any previous visa application

Find out more information about documents required to show maintenance.


7. Other documents required (if applicable to you)

  • ATAS Certificate (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) – check your offer letter/CAS if this is required
  • Police Registration Document
  • BRP Card (biometric identity card)
  • Sponsor letter
  • Any other document listed on your CAS

All documents you submit must be originals. All documents that are not in English must be translated by an authorised translator; you must include the original document, the translation and the full contact details of the translator.  Where you are submitting bank statements from another country you must include a currency conversion of the final balance from the Oanda website in to £GBP. For further information please see the Home Office website.

Documents needed to show money available to the Tier 4 (General) student

The following information is taken from the Tier 4 Policy Guidance.

Documents needed to show money available to you:

If you qualify for our differentiation arrangements because you are considered to be “low risk”, you are not required to include the evidential documents from this section with your application. You must, however, confirm on your application form that you meet the requirements set out in this section and that you hold documentary evidence in the manner required. We will sometimes ask a “low risk” student to send us these documents and we reserve the right to request any or all the evidential documents from this section from you.

- You must show that you have held the required money for a consecutive 28 day period (finishing on the date of the closing balance) ending no more than 31 days before your application.

- If you are providing evidence of maintenance from a single account, we will always assess the funds available to you from the closing balance given on the document provided as evidence.

- Where two or more pieces of evidence from a single account are used (for example two consecutive bank statements) we will assess the funds available to you from the closing balance of the most recent document.

- Where evidence from two or more accounts is submitted, we will assess the funds available to you as being:

  • the closing balance of one account
  • any additional money available to you on the date of that closing balance, for which you have provided the required evidence.

- We will always use the closing balance date from the account that most favours you.

- If you are providing evidence of Official Financial Sponsorship, in addition to evidence of your own personal funds, any money paid to you by your Official Financial Sponsor will not be considered as available personal funds. Money cannot be counted twice as evidence of maintenance.

- The following documents can be used to show money available to you:

i. Personal bank or building society statements covering a consecutive 28 day period ending no more than 31 days before the date of your application. Your personal bank or building society statements must show:

  • your name or your parent's(s)/legal guardian's name; 
  • the account number; 
  • the date of the statement; 
  • the financial institution’s name and logo; and
  • the amount of money available.

Ad hoc bank statements printed on the bank’s letterhead are acceptable as evidence (this excludes mini-statements from cash points).

If you wish to submit electronic bank statements, these must contain all of the details listed above. In addition, you will need to provide a supporting letter from your bank on company headed paper, confirming the authenticity of the statements provided.

Alternatively an electronic bank statement bearing the official stamp of the bank in question will be accepted. This stamp must appear on every page of the statement.

We will not accept statements that show the balance in the account on a particular day as these documents do not show that you hold enough funds for the full period needed.

If you want to use a joint account as proof of your money, you must be named on the account along with one or more other person.


ii. Building society pass book covering a consecutive 28 day period ending no more
than 31 days before the date of your application. Your building society pass book must show:

  • your name or your parent's(s)/legal guardian's name; 
  • the account number; 
  • the financial institution’s name and logo; and
  • the amount of money available.

iii. Letter from your bank confirming funds have been held for a consecutive 28 day period ending no more than 31 days before the date of your application. Your letter from a bank or building society must show:

  • your name or your parent's(s)/legal guardian's name; 
  • the account number; 
  • the date of the letter;  
  • the financial institution’s name and logo;
  • the money in your account; and
  • that there is enough money in the account (to cover your course fees and living costs).

iv. Letter from a financial institution regulated by either the Financial Conduct Authority, the Prudential Regulatory Authority or, in the case of overseas accounts, the home regulator (official regulatory body for the country the institution is in and where the money is held) for the purpose of personal savings accounts, confirming funds have been held for a consecutive 28 day period ending no more than 31 days before the date of the application. Your letter from the financial institution regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, the Prudential Regulatory Authority or home regulator must show:

  • your name or your parent's(s)/legal guardian's name;
  • the account number;
  • the date of the letter;
  • the financial institution’s name and logo; and 
  • the money in your account.

v. Letter from a regulated financial institution confirming a loan

The loan letter(s) from a regulated financial institution that you send us must be dated no  more than six months before the date of your application. The letter(s) must be the original (not a copy) and must clearly show:

  • your name;
  • the date of the letter;
  • the financial institution’s name and logo;
  • the money available as a loan; 
  • that the loan is provided by your national government, their state or regional government, a government sponsored student loan company or is part of an academic or educational loans scheme.

The financial institution must be regulated by either the Financial Conduct Authority, the Prudential Regulatory Authority or, in the case of overseas accounts, by the home regulator (the official regulatory body for the country the financial institution is in and where the money is held) for the purpose of student loans.

You cannot use loans held in the name of your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) as evidence of money held by you.

There must be no conditions placed on the release of the loan funds to you, other than your Tier 4 application being successful.