Once your application has been received by the Home Office, the ISSO team will contact you to come and collect the letter or you will be sent a letter to your home address asking you(and any dependents) to have your fingerprints and a special type of photograph taken. This is called 'enrolling your biometric data'. You are now able to do this at a number of Post Offices, a list of addresses is available from IN009. Your application for an extension of your visa will not be processed until you have done this.
What is a credibility Interview?
As part of your visa application, you may be requested to attend a 30-minutes video interview with the Home Office. You might be sent an email asking you to attend an interview as part of the application process. You should check your email (including the 'junk' folder) regularly as your application is likely to be refused if you are asked to attend an interview and you do not do so without providing a reasonable explanation. This interview is to check that you the applicant is a genuine student.
Once the Home Office have your biometric data, your application will go into a queue to be processed and a decision made whether to grant you an extension. If they agree, they will return your documents along with a new BRP card containing your visa to the International Student Support Office. We will contact you when your ID card and documents are returned and ready for collection from IN009 International Building.
How long will it take to get my tier 4 visa?
A Tier 4 application process can take eight weeks, more in exceptional circumstances. We advise you not to book flights or trips where you passport will be required until you have confirmation that your visa application was successful.
What is a BRP Card?
If your visa application is successful, you will receive your visa in the form of a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). The BRP is a plastic card, similar in size to a credit card on which will be displayed your visa expiry date, as well as any restrictions/prohibitions on work. Your visa will allow you to enter and leave the UK for the duration of its validity. It is important that you check the details on your BRP as soon as you receive it.
What if there is an error on my tier 4 visa?
If you notice an error on your BRP you need to come to the International Student Support Office, International Building Room 009.
If you are accompanied by dependants and they want to remain in the UK with you, they must also renew their dependant visas.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT YOU KEEP YOUR BRP CARD IN A SAFE PLACE AT HOME AND NOT IN YOUR WALLET OR HANDBAG.