From 6 April 2015 applications for visas that are more than six months long will also include an 'immigration health surcharge'. The cost will be included in your Tier 4 application charge and is based on the length of the visa that you are applying for, including the extra period of leave that you will be granted after the end of your course.
The surcharge is calculated as £150 per year for each year of leave that you are applying for. If this includes part of a year that is six months or less you will be charged an additional £75 for this period. If it includes part of a year that is more than six months, you will have to pay £150 for this period. For example, if your Tier 4 application is to allow you to do a further 12 months of study in the UK then you should be granted leave for an extra four months after your course end date and the immigration surcharge will therefore be £225.
Calculate how much you would need to pay before you apply by using the immigration health surcharge tool.
Note: some people are exempt from paying the immigration health surcharge, including Australian and New Zealand nationals and British Overseas Territory citizens who live in the Falkland Islands. However, you must still obtain a reference number.
Kingston University has a Tier 4 Sponsor licence (previously known as Highly Trusted Sponsor). This is renewed annually by the Home Office, which is standard across all UK universities.
Our International Student Advisory Centre offers specialist support for international students.