What type of visa do I need to study at LSE?

There is a range of student visas based on the type of application you wish to make.  The most common for LSE students are:


  1. Tier 4 (General)
  2. Student Visitors


Tier 4 General


Tier 4 General is a visa for international students who are enrolled in a full-time course lasting longer than 6 months. With this visa, you can work part-time during term time and full- time during the vacation period. The visa can also be extended if you wish to continue to study in the UK.


Student Visitors Visa


The Students Visitors Visa is a visa for international students who are enrolled on a course shorter than six months. It cannot be extended or switched to another visa category and comes with work restrictions. At LSE, it applies to students attending summer courses or retaking exams.


What are the requirements for the Tier 4 Visa?


The main requirements are:


• Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS)            - 30 points

• Maintenance                                                  - 10 points


What is CAS?


‘Confirmation of Acceptance.’ CAS confirms that a student has an unconditional offer to enroll for studies in a particular institution. It is specific to individual visa applicants and is valid for six months. Applicants will receive the CAS number in a letter or email from the sponsoring institution.  E.g.  LSE.


You can request CAS online from student services.




To qualify for a Tier 4 visa you need to show that you have enough money to pay the full course fees - unless the course is longer than one year, in which case you only need to show that you have enough money to pay the first year’s fees, as well as £1000 for each month of the course. (Maximum of nine months 9 x £1000 = £9000) Therefore if you are a student on a three year course you will have to show that you have the first year's fees plus £9000. 


If you are extending your Tier 4 visa you may be eligible for reduced maintenance. 


How can I extend my Tier 4 Gen visa?


Postal application: This application is sent through the post office or courier service. Make sure you send it by recorded or special delivery. The application fee is  £394.

Premium Application: This application is submitted in person by visiting the UKBA offices. The decision on the application should be made on the same day if the application is straight forward with no complexity. The fee for this application is £716.

Batch Scheme: This is similar to the postal application except in the batch scheme, the university will send the application on your behalf. The fee is £394.


You can book an appointment with the Home Office online 


For the Batch Scheme at LSE, please contact LSE ISIS


How long will the postal or batch application take?


There is no specific time frame, it depends how busy the UKBA is or how complex a case is. The minimum period is six weeks but sometimes it can take more than 12 weeks.


Useful Links.


UKCISA: making a student visa application in the UK 


LSE Internatioal Student Imigration Service (ISIS)






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