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Visas and Immigration

UK Immigration Rules

The Points Based System (PBS) is the UK system for managing migration for those non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals wishing to enter the UK for the purpose of work or study. The system consists of five tiers, and Tier 4 (General) is the immigration category for students, postgraduate doctors and dentists, and students' union sabbatical officers.

If you are 17 years old or above and intend to study for a full-time or part-time undergraduate or postgraduate programme at the University of Suffolk, you must apply for an adult Tier 4 (General) student visa.

The application form is available on the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website.

To make a Tier 4 (General) application you are required to score 40 points.

Your 40 points will be based on the following:

  • Confirmation of a unique Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number from your approved education provider (University of Suffolk), and the documents used to obtain this (30 points). To get a CAS number you will need to accept an unconditional offer from the University of Suffolk and pay your £3000 deposit.
  • Proof of evidence (e.g. Bank or building society statements, sponsorship letter) confirming that you have enough money to cover your tuition fees for the first year and a specific amount of money for living costs (£9,135), also referred to as maintenance costs (10 points).