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Change for Tier 4 Apply Online Facility, and Standalone Appointment Booking for Premium Service

18 Jan 2016

UKVI will be releasing the new online application service for Tier 4 applicants, applying from within the UK.


It has the following benefits:

  • The application form is shorter.

  • The questions are more logically ordered and now take as little as 15 minutes to complete.

  • Log on is now easier, requiring just an e-mail address and password.

  • The service integrates with the Immigration Health Surcharge website, thus reducing the need to input data twice.

  • The customer can check and modify their answers online at any point prior to paying their health surcharge.

  • The service can be accessed on all computers, mobile and tablet devices. 


Standalone appointment booking for Premium Services will also be improved for easier and smoother system.



If your application form is under processing:

As part of UKVI’s planned transition to the new online application service, the following changes will commence on Thursday 28 January, and be completed by 9:00am on Monday 1 February. Customers will be able to use UKVI services throughout this period.


  • The new online application service will be launched on for Tier 4 applications and Premium Service Centre appointments

  • You will no longer be able to begin a new application on the current UKVI Apply Online facility for Tier 4

  • You will no longer be able to book a new standalone appointment on the current UKVI Apply Online facility


You will be able to log in and complete applications which have been started prior to Thursday 28 January. These applications can be completed and submitted until midnight on 25 February.

What this means for you:


If you currently have a Tier 4 application in progress on the current online system, you must complete, pay for (including health surcharge), and submit your Tier 4 application no later than midnight on the 25 February 2016. After this date you will no longer be able to access the partially complete application form.


If you are unable to complete your application by this date, or you wish to re-start your Tier 4 application on the new online application system, you will need to submit a new application from Monday 1 February.


If you wish to retain any information held in your UKVI Apply Online account, you must access your account and save copies before midnight on the 25 February 2016. This includes copies of any previously submitted applications, or forms for appointments at Premium Service Centres.



If you have any questions regarding this new system experiment by UKVI, or are concerned about your application through BPA, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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