There are separate visa guidelines for students in different categories. For instance, those who wish to study in short courses but do not want to work in the UK; for those students who come under old immigration rules and for those who are under 17 years of age and wish to study in the UK for a longer duration. The most common is the tier 4 (general) category which is for students who wish to study for their post-16 education in the UK.


Tier 4 (General)

  • The visa application form is VAF 9, which needs to be filled along with the visa fees;

  • Tier 4 is part of the points-based system for immigration and you must have 40 points: 

  • 30 points for having a valid confirmation of acceptance for studies, which you get for studying a course at an acceptable level with an approved education provider (also known as a ‘Tier 4 sponsor’), and for having acceptable English language skills; and

  • 10 points for having enough funds to cover your course fees and living costs. This depends on the course and place of study. For instance, a 9-month or more course in outer London/anywhere else in the UK would require you to show that you have first year of fees (next period of study for continuing students) and £7,200 to cover living costs for nine months.  

List of documents to be taken (required) for visa in the same order as given hereunder:

  1. VAF 9 + Appendix 8 Form (Tier 4 – Student) and Guidance Notes

  2. Passport

  3. One Passport size photo (45 x 35 mm colour, less than 6 months old)

  4. Biometric details

  5. Visa Fees 

  6. CAS letter from University – Original & Photocopy (of all docs.)

  7. Unconditional letter from University

  8. ATAS Certificate (if necessary)

  9. Receipt of fee payment towards accommodation & tuition.

  10. Bank Statements - Original for the last 28 days from all sponsors

  11. Transcripts (Mark sheets) (from 10th class till the last degree obtained

  12. Affidavit of Support to be given by the sponsor on Rs.20 stamp paper (non-judicial)

  13. Work experience certificate

  14. Fixed Deposit Receipts (if necessary)

  15. Bank loan sanction letter (if necessary)

  Admission Cycle   

Application begins - October (previous year)

Last date for submission - March (can be extended to June end for International students)

Visa cycle - Best to apply for visa 3 months prior to the beginning of semester

Sessions begins - September/ October

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why choose de montfort university in u.k

Tushar Karmakar 10th May, 2020

DMU is one of the top 50 universities in the country when it comes to graduates finding jobs. Students there have been developing their employability since day one at DMU where at the same time supports their students in different ways no matter what you are going to pursue after graduated from DMU. Studying at DMU is a big advantage for international students because they can gain a lot of international experiences to help achieve their career prospects.

Postgraduate placements available during PG study.


I wish to become a Neurosurgeon, I predict that I have a career period of 30 years. I wish to practice half career in the countries of the US, Singapore, the UK, Canada, New Zealand, or Australia and I wish to practice last half of my career in India. Is my wish possible? Is my wish a good one?

Manish Singh 2nd Apr, 2020

As long as you have an active medical license in your country that being india yes you can practice medicine anywhere in the world provided that you have some references who can recommend you to the place you want to work at and a good background check. That is the most important thing to consider. And yes your wish can come true if you work hard for it. All the best


The USA, The UK, Australia, and Canada - Among these countries which country have best infrastructure and best Salaries for Neurosurgeons?

Suryashis Chakraborty 18th Mar, 2020

Hello Raja,

According to salary reports by esteemed Institutions like Glassdoor, the following average salary packages are expected to be earned by entry level Neurosurgeons in different countries across the globe.

The United States of America - $ 306,000 per annum

Canada - $ 312,000 per annum

United Kingdom - £ 165,000 per annum

Australia - $ 381,000 per annum

With experience, the figures may rise and may stand around amounts nearly as triple the entry level salary package.

When it comes to infrastructure, the United States of America if definitely on the top due to the prevalence and application of modern cut technologies and instruments. The industry has also applied Artificial Intelligence in the mix to revamp it's present facilities.

Hope this helps you. We wish you the best for your future endeavours!



Compared to USA, UK, Australia, Canada, Singapore, which country is better for Neurosurgeons interms of Working Time, Risk, Happiness, Salary, etc

Sonali Sahu Student Expert 24th Mar, 2020


Singapore will be a better choice due it advance technology. you will get to learn many new skills and have an efficient work skill. working time will be 8am -5pm which can be different as per hospital norms and rules or need.

Risk is there in everything. You have to take risk to reach success. Happiness depends on satisfaction. If you are not satisfied with yourself you can never be happy. so work efficiently and help patients to relieve pain that will be your greatest happiness. Salary is very high for a neurosurgeons.

for entry level neurosurgeons salary is $278,935 holding 1-3 years of experience.

Hope it helps!


is it hard to get into top universities with marks around 80s in ug and will I be eligilble for scholarships?

Masira 16th Dec, 2019

The cutoffs of the top universities will be an important consideration when you think about admissions. Scoring 80's will help you get around 80% and it seems like a good score and will be able to help you get into good university. However, it purely depends on what is the cutoff of a particular university. The same goes for the scholarships. There are universities that will be providing scholarships bases on merits and you can check on the site of the college before applying to see what are their scholarship providing criteria. If you have a particular university or college in mind go through their official website to find relevant information that will help you make better decisions.

Hope this helps.
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