How to Prepare for Tier 4(UK Student) VISA?
The Home Office has introduced credibility interviews into the Tier 4 visa application process. These interviews are used as part of the assessment of the visa application and will be conducted in English, without the assistance of an interpreter.
Please note that students who are nationals of countries deemed to be “low risk” will not be interviewed, and it also does not apply to those students already in the UK.
There are two types of credibility interview. The first type will take place at the same time as your biometrics are taken at the Embassy or designated agency. This initial interview will only take around five minutes and will be via video link with the Home Office in the UK. The purpose of the interview is to check your credibility as a genuine student and the focus of this interview will be your reasons for choosing the UK, the University and your programme of study as well as questions on the content of your course. The Home Office will record the interview and send a summary to the Entry Clearance Officer who will decide if a second more detailed interview at the Embassy is needed.
The Home Office expects most applicants to be able to prove they are genuine at the first stage and that this will in fact speed up the decision process on applications because fewer documentation checks will be required.
If you are requested to attend an interview this is mandatory and if you do not attend without a satisfactory explanation, this will result in an automatic refusal of your visa application. If you are requested to attend an interview, the request will be sent to the email you input on the visa application form. Sometimes this may go into your junk/spam box so make sure you check; if you miss the email, it is not a valid reason to miss the interview and your visa will be refused.
If your application is refused on the basis of the interview, you can request that the decision be reviewed by an Entry Clearance Manager. You have 28 days from the date of the decision to make an appeal and appeals must be made in writing. Details of how to do this will be included in the refusal notice letter.
You will be asked questions about why you chose the UK, Glyndŵr University and your programme, also how this fits into your career aspirations
Q. Why did you choose UK University/College?
Think about why you chose the UK rather than your home country, other English-speaking country or country which other students of your nationality choose to study in. You may find it useful to refer to information about your chosen University / College by visiting their website or reading the prospectus.
Q.Why did you choose your programme?
There may be many programmes in the same subject area as the one you plan to study at your preferred University/College. 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 prospectus and get detailed information about the programme such as how many modules (subjects) are there and how these modules are assessed, etc.
Q. How do your studies fit into your career plans?
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?
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 costs include accommodation and costs of living.
Q. You have previously studied in the UK - why have you chosen to return?
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?
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?
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)
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?
NOTE: 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 should ensure that you raise this so that they are aware that it is a technical issue not one of comprehension.
Reference: Glyndwr University, “Home Office Credibility Interviews for Tier 4 visa ”