Visa Fees & Processing Time

TIER 4 (General) Student Visa

Some or all applications are processed within 15 days.

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Note: actual processing times may change depending on a range of factors.

You will also have to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your visa application. Check it how much you’ll have to pay before you apply.


The charge or cost of a (Tier 4 General) UK student visa it all depends on where you apply from:


·         If you are applying from outside the UK then you will pay is £328

·         But if you are already in the UK and you are applying from here, you can apply by post for £439 or in person for £839.

·         You will also require paying the ‘health surcharge’ when applying for your visa. The health surcharge cost is £150 per year (or £75 for 6 months or less) for students. 

Remember, you must also be able to show you have sufficient money to live and study in the UK. Read more details about the cost of studying in London.

Note: The visa costs are responsible to varying. Before applying to make sure you check the official guidelines on the UK Home Office website.

What you can and can’t do

You can:

  • Full-time or part-time study
  • work as a student association sabbatical officer
  • apply from inside or outside the UK
  • apply to extend your stay
  • work in many jobs but depending on what level of your course and what kind of sponsor you have

You can’t:

  • acquire public funds
  • work in specific jobs, e.g. professional sportsperson or sports coach
  • study at a local authority-funded school (also known as a maintained school) or an academy 

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