Filmed in both Chinese and English, the following film helps applicants understand the processes involved in coming to study in the UK, and it gives us renewed respect and understanding for the huge decision Chinese families make when they send their precious children to study in the UK.
“It is important for us to show that we respect the commitment they are making, and that talented Chinese students who are so crucial to our universities and to the UK will be welcomed and treated well when they come to study with us.”
Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice Chancellor of the University of Sheffield.
Movie UK visa application from China
This film gives an unprecedented insight into the Visa application process in order to remove barriers and dispel common myths. For the first time ever, cameras go behind the scenes at the UK Visa Application Centre in Beijing where the movie makers capture a unique glimpse of how young people in China go through the visa process to become a student in the UK
I am sure you will have lots of questions about the Visa process and we will try to help. That is what we are here for, but first you need to read as much as possible. For questions like
All these will be answered below. We have tried to be comprehensive as regards Tier 4 visas so that all the information you need can be found in one place right here. We believe this is the most comprehensive guidance on Tier 4 completion for Chinese students anywhere on the internet.
FIVE STEPS TO VISA APPLICATION
Visas typically take 15 days to process but at worst can take 60 days. We will check your documentation carefully and try to ensure that it meets all the requirements. As at 21st June 2017 the visa application basic cost is £335 (3116CNY) with supplements for different service levels.
We will now examine each of these five steps in detail, one by one.
STEP 1 - REGISTER AT VISA4UK WEBSITE
You need to create an account at Visa4UK website, so that you can then review the application for visa questions, answer the questions, submit the completed online application or to book an appointment to attend a visa office.
Follow these steps
STEP 2 - LIST OF EVIDENCE REQUIRED FOR TIER 4 GENERAL VISA
Assuming you are granted Tier 4 Student visa you can come up to one month before your course starts.
In addition you will need your biometric data taken, that means your fingerprints and photo taken at an approved visa application centre. Visa applications are handled by VFS global. So when you have all the above information you can book an appointment and present your documentation to one of the offices in China. With the possible exception of Hangzhou we stress that you need to make an appointment first.
STEP 3 - DETERMINE TYPE OF TIER 4 VISA
A Dependant Child would be if the student has a child and that child is applying for a visa as well.
A Dependant Partner would be if the student has a partner (such as a wife or husband) and that spouse is applying for a visa.
A sponsored Student applies only if the student is going to be funded by an "official financial sponsor" which includes scholarships or bursary from the university, the UK Government, the Chinese government, the British Council, or any international organisation or international company.
A Scholarship student is where the student holds a Cheving Scholarship or Fellowship, A British Marshal Scholarship, A Fulbright Scholarship or a Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship plan. If you are receiving a scholarship from The Institute of Education you would NOT choose this option but the Tier 4 General Student.
STEP 4 - COMPLETE ONLINE APPLICATION
Now you can return to the Government website, login and start answering the questions. Before we go further a couple of things to remember please. The online form selects and hides questions based on the answers you provide on the customisation screen. Any question with a * next to it is required information and you will not be able to complete the form without answering these questions. If you do not use the system for 30 minutes you will be automatically logged out and your information will not be saved. There are 5 sections of the form which you are required to complete. If you have to leave your computer, or you cannot answer a question, you can save your form at any time, log out for security reasons and come back later to complete it. We recommend that you begin completing the application form as soon as possible.
Here is the process. Long into the account with your log-in details.
You will see the next screen of which the first part is Applicant Details. Some of the fields are pre populated because the details have been taken from the time you registered with the service.
The next screen continues from the last
You will see the following summary status screen
Click on Go to Application on the right hand side of the page, and fill in all required 5 principal sections, namely:
We will now examine each of these six sections in detail.
PASSPORT AND TRAVEL INFORMATION
You need to complete the fields in the following image. I think most of the fields are self explanatory but some guidance will follow. We have shown the Chinese notes in the image below which we hope helps. Each of the 6 black sections turn Green when they are fully completed. If a section turns Orange it means you have tried to submit the application when a section highlighted is incomplete.
The first section of the online application form requires you to provide your current passport information and personal details as shown in your passport. If you currently hold another nationality or have previously held another nationality you must say YES and provide the relevant details requested. I When applying for Tier 4 you must be applying from the country which issued your passport or the country in which you are ordinarily resident.
If you do not have an address in the UK then enter the main University campus address.
In response to "How Long do you intend to stay in the UK?" you should enter the duration of the course plus say 1 month if you are arriving before the course commencement date.
Click on "next section" to continue.
PERSONAL DETAILS AND TRAVEL HISTORY
The third question under Travel history refers only to applications to the Home Office from within the UK.
If you answer YES to any of these questions you will be given an opportunity to provide more details.
In reference to the question "Have you ever voluntarily elected to depart the UK?", this question refers not to holidays during courses, but rather to leaving the UK after say a visa extension refusal or unsuccessful appeal.
Click Next Section to continue
Only Tier 4 (General) Student applicants in specific circumstances may bring dependents with them to the UK.
You can bring dependents with you if you are a new student who is:-
1. studying on a course at NQF Level 7 or above (i.e. Masters or PhD) and as long as the course lasts at least 12 calendar months OR
2. Government-sponsored and your course is more than 6 months long.
Dependent Children are those under the age of 18.
Click Next Section to continue.
In the image that follows, you will only see the first question unless you answer "yes".
Click Next Section to continue.
TIER 4 STUDENT
Most of the information for this section is obtained from the CAS. By Sponsor it means education sponsor, i.e. the University that issued you with the CAS. If you are unsure of Course end dates, ask us or better still ask the University student support group. For PhD students it is common to use the thesis submission deadline as their planned course end date.
When completing address for the main site of study do check the campus where you will be primarily based, since Universities commonly have multiple sites.
In reference to meeting the English language requirements pre sessional students should most likely select "English Language Test" and provide details of the English language test used as evidence. Whereas, new degree level students and continuing students must select the option"Your sponsor is a Higher Education Institution...."
Certain courses require you to apply for an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) certificate. If applicable, this would be a condition of your offer.
NB: If this question does not appear, yet ATAS is required for your course, you should mention the details of your ATAS certificate in the ‘Additional Information’ section at the end of the application form and include the ATAS certificate with your visa application. In all cases you must present your ATAS certificate when attending the visa application centre.
On the maintenance section shown above is the basis set of questions but they expand as you complete certain boxes. Therefore we show below a more complete set of questions that are likely relevant.
You need to enter the 1st year course fees only and not the total course fees.
On the 2nd question about paid course fees, you should answer no unless your course fees have been paid in part or full in which case select "Yes - Paid to the UK Education provider"
You have to answer yes or your application will most likely be refused.
You will note the question "Do you have an established presence in the UK?". Only existing students with a valid Tier 4 visa already and seeking an extensions will answer 'yes'. The majority of students will be entering 'no'.
When you answer 'no' the following question changes to:-
The next question is important to get right. There is a typographic error in the question. It should read "How much funding GBP(£) per month do you have to cover your maintenance charges?". Its a strange question because it wants the monthly figure, yet for courses over 9 months the guidance notes state amounts in total and not monthly. So for example and Inner London study course would be £11,385 and you divide this by 9 months to get the monthly amount of £1,265. For outer London the monthly amount to be entered is currently £1,015.
Another confusing term is "sponsor". There are three types of sponsors and you need to understand the differences. The first sponsor is an "Educational Sponsor", the second possible sponsor is a "Financial Sponsor" and the last is a "Government sponsor". Do not mix these three up. Lets me clear. The Education Sponsor is the University that issued you with the CAS. A Financial Sponsor is an Educational institution, or international Company. A Government Sponsor is a UK Government or overseas Government that provides sponsorship.
If you are receiving a scholarship then the University is both an Education Sponsor and a Financial Sponsor. You parents, family members and friends are not considered an official Financial Sponsor for the purposes of this application even if they are providing financial support.
So lets look at the questions that this refers to.
"Have any of your accommodation fees been paid to your sponsor". This refers to your Educational Sponsor. So if you are an undergraduate staying in halls of residence, then have you paid any accommodation fees to the University?. If not then answer "no". If you have paid all your fees and have an official receipt, then answer "yes".
If you do answer yes, then you can deduct a maximum amount of £1,265 from your required maintenance amount. The only exception is where you have a full scholarship covering more than £1,265 per month for living costs.
The next question concerns Financial Sponsor. It asks "Do you receive support from a financial sponsor that meets.....". If you answer "yes" then on the question that begins "How much in GBP(£) is the official financial sponsor or Government sponsor paying towards your expenses?" you need to provide the total amount that such sponsor is covering for both course fees and living expenses. The next two questions want the split of the amount as between Course Fees and Maintenance Fees.
You need to be careful with the next question also. "Do you have any remaining fees and maintenance still due for payment?". You may be tempted to say "no" because you paid the tuition fees already but you cannot have pre paid living expenses even if you have the money. So all self funding students should answer "Yes". At the next question on Tuition fees you can enter "£0" if indeed the tuition fees are paid. Maintenance fees we have already discussed above and it would be different again if you have an established presence. I expect the majority will enter £11,385 if studying in London and £9,135 if in outer London.
Final two questions in this sub-section are about the proof of funding. When it asks "Do you have money in your own name?" it is not asking if you have a Bank of China account with 2CNY. It is asking whether the funds necessary to pay tuition and maintenance costs are in your name or that of a parent or legal guardian. If you friends, relatives etc are providing finance it is of no consequence here. The money has to be either in your name or that of your parent or legal guardian. You will also have to indicate the evidence you will provide. For example, original bank statements, proof of your relationship to parent or guardian. e.g Birth certificate.
The next sub section is very easy. This is a points based Tier 4 application. You need to get 40 points or you loose. So claim 30 points in the Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies, on the basis that you have sufficient funds to cover remaining course fees, and enter 10 points in the Maintenance and 40 points in the total box.
Click "Next Section" to continue.
This additional information box is your opportunity to provide any other relevant information.
Once you have completed do not rush to confirm application. Instead save the form and review it a 2nd time. When you are happy with it. Contact us and we will review it also. After all that is what we are here for. Once we are all happy we will advise you to click the Confirm Application button. You will again have the opportunity to check that all the information is accurate. If everything is good, you will be able to submit the form online by clicking the Submit Application button, book your appointment and pay the application fee. If the form's mandatory fields have not been completed you will told which section and the section will be orange as shown below.
After the application is submitted your should print off copies and take it with all your evidence as indicated in Step 2 above, to the visa centre for which you made a booking. What follows is a list of all Chinese visa application centres. You may be asked to attend a credibility Interview see below.
Hopefully your visa application should be successful but if it fails please scan the Refusal Notice and send it to us.
Address: Beijing Inn, A901-919, A Zone, 9th Floor, Building A, Second group, No 5 Dongshuijing Alley, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100010 China
Opening hours: 07:30 to 14:30
Address: Room 302, No.171 of Zhongbei Road,Wuchang District, Wuhan, Hubei province 430071 China Opening hours 08:00 to 15:00
Address: Room 2#&3#, Floor 10, No.9 (Rich Gate Building No.5), Tuanjie Road, Shenhe District, Shenyang, Liaoning province 110013 China Opening hours: 08:00 to 15:00
Address: 18th Floor, Bank of China Tower, No. 22 Luoyuan Avenue, Lixia District, Jinan, Shandong, China 250012 Opening hours 08:00 to 15:00
Address: 33-B, HNA-Poly International Center, 235 Minsheng Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing 400010 China Opening hours 08:00 to 15:00
Address: Unit 1, 4th Floor, Tower 1, Raffles City, 3#, 4th Section South Renming Road, Wuhou District, Chengdu 610042 China Opening hours: 08:00 to 15:00
Address: 3/F, Guangdong Development Bank Tower, 555, Xujiahui Road , Huangpu District, Shanghai 200023 China Opening hours: 08:00 to 15:00
Address: Room 1501-D, Deep-blue Plaza, 203#, Zhaohui Road, Xiacheng District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, P. R. China, 310014 Opening hours : 08:00 to 15:00
Address Room 2304, Building B, Wanda Plaza, No.106 Middle Jiangdong Road, Jianye District, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province 210017 China. Opening hours : 08:00 to 15:00
Address: Room 215, Cheng Jian Mansion No 189 Tiyu Rd. (West) Tian He District, Guangzhou City 510620 Opening hours: 08:00 to 15:00
Address: Room 25F-11, West Zone, North Gate, GCIG Building, Fuhua 1 Road, Futian District, Shenzhen 518048 Guangdong Province China Opening hours 08:00 to 15:00
Address: Floor 20, Royal Park Tower, Zhengda Plaza, #18 Middle Wuyi Road, Gulou District, Fuzhou City, 350001 Opening hours: 08:00 to 15:00
Typical questions may include:
Q: Why did you choose the selected University?
Answer preparation: Think about why you chose the UK rather than China or other English-speaking countries and which other students of Chinese nationality choose to study in. You may find it useful to refer to information about your selected University (see the Links tab) Think about what attracted you to study at your selected University?
Q: Why did you choose your course programme?
Answer preparation: There may be many programmes covering the same subject area as the one you plan to study. What is it specifically about the programme you have chosen which you prefer? You may find it useful to look at your programme of study again on the University website.
Q: How do your studies fit into your career plans?
Answer preparation: Think about what your plans are after you graduate - how will the knowledge and skills you gain from your programme of study help you with the type of work you hope to do. Does your course lead to any professional exemptions or qualifications and are these recognised in your country? Do you know what others graduating from the course you will be following went on to do? If the course you plan to study is at a similar academic level to previous studies be prepared to explain how it represents progression and whether it has a vocational focus?
Q: If the costs of pursuing your course of study are higher in the UK than in your home country, why have you decided to incur the extra costs involved with studying in the UK?
Answer preparation: Think about the advantages that a degree from the UK might give you and why you and/or your family are prepared to make this investment. Have you made a realistic assessment of all the costs involved and how you plan to pay for them. You should note that these cost include accommodation and costs of living.
Q: You have previously studied in the UK - why have you chosen to return?
Answer preparation: Think about how the new programme relates to previous studies and how it might build on your previous learning.
Q: You have had a long break in your studies, why are you returning to study now?
Answer preparation: Think about how you explain your decision in the context of your long-term career plans.
Q: Do you plan to work in the UK?
Answer preparation: You cannot rely on funds from working to pay your course fees and living costs so you need to be aware of this. The main purpose for being in the UK is your studies so, if you do hope to work, think about how this would enhance your academic studies. You also need to demonstrate an understanding of the hours you are allowed to work (maximum of 20 hours per week) and typical rates of pay.
Q: How will you fund your studies? (you should not be asked this unless you are called back for a second interview)
Answer preparation: The purpose of this question is to check that your funds are genuinely available to you for your studies. As part of your application you will have submitted proof of your finances - ensure that you are very clear about the source and availability of these funds, also how you plan to pay for subsequent years fees if your programme is more than a year in duration. If you have official financial sponsorship make sure you are aware of the amounts and exactly what is covered. If you have a loan, how will you afford to pay this back? How much will your accommodation cost and are you clear about the cost of living in the UK?
The interviewer will also be checking your ability to converse well in English, if there is any issue with hearing them clearly eg via the video link, you must ensure that you raise this so that they are aware that it is a technical issue not one of comprehension.
LIST OF MEDICAL CENTRES
As to point 9 above Chinese students will first need to obtain a medical certificate to show they are clear from Tuberculosis and can attend one these centres:-
BeijingBeijing International SOS Clinic Beijing International SOS Clinic of Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, No. 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang DistrictBeijing, China 100027 Tel: (010) 6462 0303 Ext 3 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beijing New World Eaton Medical Centre of Level 5, Beijing New World Shopping Mall, No.3 Chong Wen Men Wai Street, Dong Cheng District, Tel: 010-67085077 and 010-67085075 Email: email@example.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Hong Kong International Medical Clinic, Beijing of 8F, Office Tower SwissÔtel-Hong Kong Macau Center, 2 Chao Yang Men Bei Da Jie, Beijing, China 100027 Tel: 86 1065539752, 86 1065532288 ext 2345, 2346 or 2347 Email: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org/ Luzhaolin39@163.com/ email@example.com
ChengduReliant Medical Services Ltd Operating at Chengdu IME Centre Chengdu Western Hospital 6th Floor No 2, 3rd Section of Erhuan Road Chengdu, Sichuan, PRC, PostCode: 610036
ChongqingHealthmate International Clinic, 4/F, Health Check-up Centre, Xinqiao Hospital of 3rd Military Medical University, Xinqiao Zhengjie, Shapingba District, Chongqing City, 400037 Tel: 023-61255215, 61971713 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com
FuzhouImmigration Medical Centre-Fujian Provincial Hospital of 6/F, No. 134 Dong Street, Fuzhou, Fujian 350001, Tel: 0591-88216247 / 88216249 (For appointment) 0591-88216244 (Office) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com
GuangzhouNew Omega Medical Center of 9/F, Tower A, Center Plaza, East Railway Station, Linhexi Lu, Tianhe District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province, 510620 Tel: 020-28861900,28861999,28861950 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com Guangzhou IME Centre - Guangzhou Zhujiang Hospital of 3/F., Yiqiao Building, Guangzhou Zhujiang Hospital No. 253 Gongye Street, Guangzhou, Guangdong, PRC Post Code: 510280 Tel: (86-20) 8434 3711 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com Guangdong International Travel Healthcare Center (GDITHC) of No.59, Hua li Road 6th Floor, Eastern Tower of the Poly Building, Zhujiang New City, Guangzhou, Guangdong, 510623 Tel: 86-20-38288738 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com
HangzhouZhejiang Hospital No 12 Lingyin Road Hangzhou, Zhejiang China 31003 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +86 (0571) 8602-8780/8602-8846
HarbinHarbin IME Centre - Heilongjiang International Travel Healthcare Centre of 3/F., No.9 Ganshui Road, Nangang District, Harbin, Heilongjiang, PRC Post Code: 150001 Tel: (86-451) 8233 5862 Email: email@example.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org
JinanJinan IME Centre - The Second Hospital of Shandong University of 4/F., Health Management Centre, 247 Bei Yuan Street, Jinan, Shandong, PRC Post Code: 250033 Tel: (86-531) 5569 2289 Email: email@example.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Nanjing1st Floor, Zuolinfengdu Garden, No.6 Mochouhu East Road Tel: 025-8651-8600 Email: Nanjing@globaldoctor.com.au/ email@example.com Nanjing International SOS Clinic of 1st Floor, Grand Metropark Hotel Nanjing, 319 East Zhongshan Road, Nanjing, China 210016 Tel: (025) 8480 2842 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ShanghaiNo.15 Jinbang Road, Changning District, Shanghai Tel: 021-62683085 Email: email@example.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Zhabei District Central Hospital of 6th Floor, Fu Zhen Building, No.619 Zhonghua Xin Road Zhabei, Shanghai, 200070 Tel: (021) 3635-6610 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ParkwayHealth Shanghai Centre of Room 315, 1376 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai,200040 Tel: 021 6279 8129 Email: email@example.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org Shanghai Eaton Medical Centre of Room 304 - 309, Evergo Tower, No.1325 Huai Hai Road Central, Xu Hui District, Shanghai, China Tel: 021-64730055 Email: email@example.com/ Davidleung@eatonclinic.com
ShenyangNo.5 Guangrong Street, Heping District, Shenyang, Liaoning, PRC Post Code: 110003 Tel: (86-24) 2326 0528 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com
ShenzhenShenzhen International Travel Health Care Center of LuoHu Examination Dept.1159 Heping Road, 2nd Floor Guangdong, 518010 Tel: (0755) 2535-8080 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com
WuhanImmigration Medical Centre-Wuhan of No. 28 Baofeng Road, Wuhan, Hubei 430030, China Tel: 027-83331973/83331993 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com Wuhan No . 1 Hospital 1st Floor No. 215, Zhongshan Avenue Hubei, 430022 Tel: (027)8581-1605 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com IME Center – Wuhan No.457 Luoshi South Road Hongshan District Wuhan Hubei China 430070 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +86 (027) 8581-1605
XianHealthmate International Clinic of Xi'an1/F, Tower B, Changan Hospital, 17 Wenjing Lu, Weiyang District, Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province 710016 Tel: 020-28861900, 28861999, 28861950 Email: email@example.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
When you are ready you should complete an application at https://www.gov.uk/apply-uk-visa
Differential Agreements do not apply to China.
Please note you cannot use the beta service (https://visasandimmigration.ipt.homeoffice.gov.uk/applying-in-china) for your Tier 4 visa, but if you are attending Open Days or visiting England and just need a tourist visa, then the beta service is applicable.
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