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Information, Applications and Procedures for:
UK Visas

We have UK visa specialists ready to assist you with your specific visa questions. In order to have one of our specialists give your application personal assistance, you will need to provide them with an A Briggs order number and pay the service fee. This fee is non-refundable. To obtain your order number, please fill out our order form .

Expedited UK visas require an additional $150 priority fee paid to the consulate, in addition to the consular fee listed above. For Settlement visas, this is $300. We can collect that fee and pay it to the consulate in your behalf for an additional $5.

Please note: U.S. citizens are required to present a valid passport that has at least one blank visa page. The UK does not explicitly require travelers to have 6 months left on their passports before entering the UK, however, many airlines do. Please be sure to always check with your airline for their specific travel requirements.

U.S. citizens are not required to secure a visa in advance of travel to the United Kingdom when traveling as a tourist. You may stay in the country without a visa for a stay of up to 6 months.

A valid passport and visa are required for certain non-U.S. citizens to enter The United Kingdom. Travelers arriving without valid passports and the appropriate visa may not be permitted to enter and will be subject to a fine and immediate deportation at the traveler's expense.

Our UK pages are for general information only. They intend to serve as a guide. Please be aware that individual cases may vary. For further guidance, please visit the UK visa website. After you read all the instructions, if you have any questions, call us at 1-800-806-0581.

This page applies to legal residents of the United States who qualify and are applying for:
  • a PBS Tier 4 Student UK visa of subtype:
    • General
    • Child Student
    • Dependant Partner or Child

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Before you apply for a Tier 4 visa for the UK, you should complete the online points-based calculator. This tool allows you to calculate how many points you may get, and indicates whether you may be eligible to work or study in the United Kingdom under the points-based system. The results produced by using this tool will show your possible points score should you wish to apply, and do not guarantee a successful application. The UK Consulate will make a decision once they have received your full application and supporting evidence.

UK Tier System Points-Based Calculator

To qualify for admission as a student, a person must:

  • Have been accepted for a course of study in a bona fide private education institution (with properly maintained enrollment and attendance records), or an independant fee paying school outside the maintained sector, or a publicly funded institution of further/higher education*;
  • be able to meet the costs of the course, accommodation and maintenance (including for dependants) without taking employment or engaging in business or having recourse to public funds

Items required for securing your visa to the UK.


Send us your current valid and signed passport. It must not expire within 6 months and must have at least one blank visa page. If you do not have any blank visa pages in your passport, you must first amend your passport to have pages added. A Briggs will secure your visa using the added pages. If your passport expires within six months, you must renew your passport and then we will secure your visa with the new passport.


Send the entire printout of an online visa application form completed and signed in blue ink. You will pay the consular fees online and book your biometrics appointment during this process. Both payment of the consular fees and booking of biometrics appointment MUST be done through this online process. You can find the application by using the following link:

UK Visa Application


Biometrics are required for all UK visas. When filling out the application you will book an appointment. There is no additional cost to you beyond the consular fees. This comes at the end of the online application process. You will be given an opportunity to pick the time, date, and location of your appointment. Please note that there might not be a time available immediately. You will need to take your receipt and passport to the appointment. Once you get a stamp of completion at the end of the appointment, you may then ship your documents to the appropriate A Briggs office. (See "Shipping Instructions" below.) Biometrics are not required for children under the age of 5.


You must submit 1 passport photograph taken by a passport photographer. Digital and non-passport photographs are not acceptable.

Passport Photo Requirements


Tier 4 is a part of the points-based system. You must have enough points under the UK guidelines in order to qualify. Fill out and submit Appendix 8 (for Tier 4 (General) Visas) or Appendix 9 (for Tier 4 (Child Student) Visas) with your application.

Tier 4 Self-Assessment Appendix 8

Tier 4 Self-Assessment Appendix 9


For Tier 4 (General) or Tier 4 (Child Student) Visas:

You should provide a CAS Statement from your school. This document needs to include the school's sponsor license number (SLN) and a CAS reference number. It may also include the following information: your name, date of birth, course title, course start and end date, details of financial sponsorship or deposits taken, documents that should be included as part of an application to prove qualifications, and ATAS certificate (if appropriate). While this is not required by the UK, we need the information to insure that the application is complete.


For Tier 4 (General) or Tier 4 (Child Student) Visas:

You must submit your original school transcripts.


For Tier 4 (Child Student) Visas:

Tier 4 Child visas require a letter from parent(s) or legal guardian confirming the relationship between them and the applicant, that they give their consent to the application, that they agree to the living arrangements in the UK, and that they agree to the travel to and reception in the UK. This letter must come from both parents or confirm that the person or persons have legal custody or sole responsibility of the child. The letter must be signed.

Additionally, you must send any documents that are listed in the CAS by the sponsor that were used to assess the student.


For Tier 4 (Dependant) Visas

Please provide the original marriage or birth certificates to prove the relationship.


Provide either the original birth certificate or an original certified copy. The document will be returned to you with the completed order.


For Tier 4 (Dependant) or Tier 5 (Dependant) Visas

Please include the sponsorship documentation from the main applicant and other relevant materials from his or her application.


For Tier 4 (Dependant) Visas

If applying after the Main applicant, please provide evidence of the Main applicants Passport and Visa.


For all non-US citizens, you must submit proof of your immigration status in the USA and permission to re-enter the USA after your trip. Please submit original documents.

Examples include:

  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Valid US visa (e.g., H1B, F1)
  • Advance Parole Document
  • Employment Authorization Card (does not permit re-entry to US)
  • Valid DS 2019 (Formerly IAP66)
  • Valid I-20 (must be signed on the reverse by designated school official)
  • Valid I-94 Arrival Departure Record

You must submit documentation that you have enough funds to support your trip to the United Kingdom. All documents must be original, not copies.
Examples include:

  • Original signed or stamped bank statements.
    The closing date of the bank statement should be within 30 days prior to the date of the application, and the funds on that statement must not fall below what is owed to the school for tuition/maintenance for 28 consecutive days.
    Bank statements printed out online must have a stamp and original signature from your bank on each page along with the person's business card who signed the documents.
    Please note that a notary public is not acceptable.
  • Loan Approval - from the original financial institution
  • Letter of Support from Sponsor - The student has to have a notarized letter from their sponsor to allow them to show proof of their bank statements.
  • Evidence of Government Sponsorship

**If you are using funds in your parent's name, then you must also submit your original birth certificate along with a letter from them signed with an original signature stating their relationship to you and that they are financially supporting you while you are in school.

Type Entry Consular Fee Priority Fee Validity Processing Time
Tier 4 General Student Multiple £298 $170 varies 2-4 days
Tier 4 Child Student Multiple £298 $170 varies 2-4 days
Tier 4 Dependant Multiple £298 $170 varies 2-4 days

Fee notes for expedited UK visas:

  • The Consular Fee is paid directly to the embassy by you as a part of the online application.
  • The Priority Fee can be paid by you directly (include a copy of the receipt with your application if you have done so), or A Briggs can collect it in the order form and pay it on your behalf for an additional $5.

Additional Notes: Processing times are business days. The first day begins the day after your package is received by A Briggs except in the case of pre-arranged same day service when available. Prices are per applicant.


The A Briggs fees for UK non-settlement visas are $175.

*Processing times are business days. The first day begins the day after your package is received by A Briggs. Prices are per applicant.


You must complete the Online Order Form.

The order form gives us your name, address, shipping information and payment method. Multiple applicants can be entered using one order form. Please print two copies of the confirmation page. Include one copy with the documents you ship to us and keep one copy for your records.

While completing the online order form in this step, you will be asked how you want to pay A Briggs. You may pay our fees online with a credit card or enclose a personal or business check or money order.

here to fill out the online order form.


Shipping Address

If no services other than UK visa services are required, ship all documents to:

Processing Department
A Briggs of New York
42 West 38th Street, Suite 503
New York, NY 10018

If passport services or non-UK visa services are required, ship all documents to the A Briggs main passport office:

Processing Department
A Briggs Passport & Visa Expeditors
3801 Kirby Dr., Ste 120
Houston, TX 77098

If you are not sure where to ship your documents to, please call us to verify before shipping.

Carrier Specific Shipping Notes

Federal Express


On the FedEx air bill, check the box in 4a "FedEx Priority Overnight".
Do NOT ship "First Overnight" unless instructed otherwise by an A Briggs agent; this will delay the delivery of your package.


United Parcel Service

The UPS Shipping Document must indicate "UPS Next Day Air". Any other type of UPS service is NOT acceptable.


United States Postal Service

For shipments via USPS Express Mail or other shipping providers, please follow the instructions carefully when completing the air bill.

Note: Additional shipping costs must be charged to a credit card for each package shipped to an international destination and the following locations: Alaska, Hawaii, and all U.S. Territories.

Saturday Delivery is an additional $14 when available to US destinations.

Failure to follow these instructions may cause a delay in processing, and could also result in additional charges on your order for shipping, such as: before 8:00am delivery, Saturday Delivery, etc. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us toll free at 1-800-806-0581.


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The name of our firm appears on the "Work Permit". This is a fraudulent use of our name and we have nothing to do with this activity and state for your information at this time, THIS IS A FRAUD. DO NOT RESPOND TO SOLICITATIONS.

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