Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

International Student Advice and Support

Visa Advice

Applying for Entry Clearance into the UK

In order to come to the UK to study you will need to apply for Entry Clearance under the Tier 4 (General) Student category. The application will need to meet all the requirements of the Immigration Rules. We suggest you read the most up to date version Home Office Policy Guidance before you make your application as refusals can be time-consuming and expensive.

The Admissions office will send you a PDF guide to applying for Entry Clearance when they issue you with a CAS. If you would like to read our guidance before your CAS is issued please follow this link.

You can also visit the UKCISA website.

The flowchart, below, gives you an overview of the application process, click on the image for a large view.
Entry clearance process: 
 Flow chart 2015














The Student Advice and Support Service is authorised to provide immigration advice and services by an order made under section 84(4)(d) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (The Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (Part V Exemption: Educational Institutions and Health Sector Bodies) Order 2001 (Statutory Instrument 2001 No. 1403)). Should you have a complaint about the service you can use the Student Advice and Support Service's complaints procedure or you can use the OISC Complaints Scheme.