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Tier 4: Differentiation Arrangements


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The Tier 4 differentiation arrangements permit applicants from low-risk countries designated in Appendix H of the Immigration Rules to submit fewer supporting documents with their application.


Requirements for Appendix H nationals

To qualify for the arrangements as an Appendix H national, a Tier 4 applicant must:

– be sponsored by a sponsor with Tier 4 sponsor status

– be applying for entry clearance from their country of nationality or country of residence or for leave to remain in the UK

– be a national (or citizen) of a country listed below (in Appendix H)

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Botswana
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • The Dominican Republic
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Malaysia
  • The Maldives
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Qatar
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States of America


Documents not required under the differentiation arrangements

Applicants who meet the requirements of differentiation will not normally have to submit:

  • Certificates or documents used by the Tier 4 sponsor to assess academic ability
  • When applying in the UK, evidence that they have completed their previous course in the UK
  • English language tests
  • Evidence of their funds

Tier 4 (General) applicants do not need to submit evidence of relationship to a parent or legal guardian who is providing financial sponsorship.


Mandatory documents

Under the differentiation arrangements, all Tier 4 applicants must still submit the following with their application:

  • Their passport
  • biometric residence permit (if applicable)
  • Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Tier 4 (General) and Tier 4 (Child) applicants aged 16 or 17 must also provide their police registration certificate (if appropriate).

Tier 4 (General) students must provide an original Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) clearance certificate (if required).

All Tier 4 (General) and Tier 4 (Child) applicants must also provide a valid Tuberculosis screening certificate (if required).

However, the Home Office can still request the supporting documents if for example:

  • there is a record of the student on the police national computer or on internal Home Office security systems
  • the student’s nationality is removed from the list of ‘low risk’ nationalities
  • the Home Office is making a random check on documents

If the applicant does not comply with the request, the Home Office will refuse the application.


If you wish to apply for a Tier 4 visa and have any questions, our team of experts will be happy to assist you.


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