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Service Tier 4 Student online application

About this service

Online application for leave to remain (permission to stay) in the UK, and a biometric residence permit, as a Tier 4 Student or as a dependant of a Tier 4 Student

If you are applying as a Tier 4 Student, and you have not already done so, before going any further, we encourage you to use the self assessment to see if you are likely to qualify.

As part of your Tier 4 application you may be required to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge. Before going any further, we encourage you to use the ready reckoner to assess the likely cost.


If you have not already done so, before going any further, we encourage you to check the cost of your application on the Gov.UK website.

Before you pay:

  • check that the limit on your card is sufficient to cover any fees; and
  • tell your bank that you are about to make a large payment or payments (this will ensure that they do not mistake this transaction for online fraud).

Payment methods

We accept the following forms of payment:

  • Mastercard logo Mastercard
  • Visa credit card logo Visa credit
  • Visa debit logo Visa debit
  • Visa Electron logo Visa Electron
  • American Express logo Amex
  • Maestro logo Maestro
  • Solo logo Solo

Applications for British citizenship cannot be made using the Amex payment method.

Time required

We recommend that you allow approximately 1.5 hours to complete this application. You will need more time for each dependant. This does not include any time you may need to gather supporting evidence.

If you have more than 10 dependants applying with you, you cannot use this online application.


If we refuse your application you will not have a right of appeal but you may be able to apply for an administrative review if you believe there has been a case working error. You will be provided further details about any right to administrative review with the decision

Please be aware your documents may be retained by the Home Office following a decision on your Tier 4 application, pending the outcome of any Administrative Review. With this in mind you may wish to take photocopies of any documents you send to us.

Terms Explained

Premium Service
This is a service you receive in person when you go to a PSC (premium service centre). If your application is straightforward, you will normally receive a decision on the day of your appointment.
Standard service
This service means that you will submit your application either by post or online. If you are required to provide your biometric information, you will do so via our Post Office enrolment service. When using the standard service, you will not be seen in person by us when considering your application – you will receive the decision by post.

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