Tier 4 students with leave to stay in the UK in their passport are now able to apply for a UK visa from outside the UK.

Under current tier 4 policy guidelines a student who wants to remain in the UK and study with a new tier 4 sponsor before their existing visa has expired must complete the new application while present in the UK. Applications made by students while outside the UK are automatically refused. The change to tier 4 guidance will give students more flexibility, allowing them to apply for a new visa while situated abroad.

The UK Border Agency will update the tier 4 policy guidance on its website in due course to reflect these changes.