Home Office Introduces Сhanges to Student Visa Application Process

The Home Office announced introduction of a change to improve the online student application process.

From 14 September 2017, the Biometric Enrolment Letter (BEL) for students applying from within the UK for the Tier 4 General and Tier 4 Child priority postal and standard routes will be generated automatically online. The letter is currently printed and sent to students by post.

Once generated online, the letter can be immediately downloaded and printed by the student at the same time they print their document checklist. This will help reduce the overall processing time.

The student should then take their Biometric Enrolment Letter to the Post Office to give their fingerprints and photo.

The Home Office recommends the sponsors (universities) to ensure the sponsored students who are applying from within the UK in the Tier 4 General and Tier 4 Child routes are aware of the change. The students are encouraged to enrol their biometrics (fingerprints and photo) and submit their documents as soon as they can.

The sponsored students should ensure their details are entered correctly in their online application form:

  • name should be entered exactly as shown in their passport; and
  • the student should provide their full address, including their flat or room number.

Students and sponsors can contact the Home Office through the UKVI customer enquiry service at www.gov.uk/contact-ukvi-inside-outside-uk