In order to study in the UK at the University of Sheffield International College, you may need a Tier 4 (General) student visa. Find out about the visa application process and what you need to do.
You may need a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. Check if you need a visa on the UK government website.
Your student visa application will work via a points-based system; if you score 40 points you will be granted a visa. In order to apply for your visa, you must:
You can apply for a visa from three months before the start date of your course at the International College. Apply early to make sure there is enough time for your application to be processed.
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.
If you hold a Tier 4 visa to study at the International College and your visa is granted on or after after 1 August 2019, you will be permitted to work during your pathway programme. We have outlined key information below, or for more information on working during your studies, visit UKCISA.
The main purpose of the Tier 4 visa is for students to come to the UK to study. If you wish to work, it must be to gain work experience in your field of study. For example you could take a part-time role in an established business or organisation, such as a customer service role or a work placement. If you stop studying without completing your course, you will no longer be entitled to work and will be in breach of the conditions of the visa if you do work.
Your visa allows you to work a limited number of hours per week. Below is the maximum number of hours you are allowed to work in any one week, including paid or unpaid work for one or more organisations. This cannot be averaged over a longer period. A 'week' is defined by the Home Office as a period of seven days and begins on a Monday.
If you hold a Tier 4 visa, you must not:
You may be invited for an interview as an additional tool to help UKVI assess your genuine intentions to study. The interview is carried out by an Entry Clearance Officer (ECO). They will want to see that you have done your research and are coming to the UK for the right reasons. If they believe you may be planning to use a student visa for holiday or work, they will refuse your visa application.
You will normally be interviewed at your nearest Visa Application Centre when you submit your visa application documents. This interview is via a secure video system and you will be interviewed by a UKVI member of staff who is in the UK.
Make sure you have researched the International College and our chosen course. Avoid yes and no answers, and try and go into more detail. The Entry Clearance Officer may be suspicious if they think you are repeating rehearsed answers.
Below are examples of common questions you may be asked in a credibility interview:
Tell the interviewer about the research you have done into different universities, and why you think Sheffield suits your requirements.
Tell the interviewer what interests you about your course, and how it fits in with your career aspirations.
You need to show that you are aware of the costs associated with living and studying abroad, and that you have made financial plans.
Make clear that your main purpose for being in the UK is to study, and that any employment or work placement would be to gain practical work experience in your field of study. Show that you understand that you won’t be relying on any earnings to fund your education or living costs. You should also show that you understand the number of hours you are permitted to work during your studies, both in term time and holiday periods.
If you do not meet the criteria set out in UKVI’s immigration rules, your application will be refused. If you receive a visa refusal, you have 28 days to submit an Administrative Review to the UKVI and challenge the decision made by the ECO. You will need to respond in writing to each of the points raised in the refusal.