Tier 4 student visa interviews start from May 2013

The UKBA will introducing interviews for people applying for Tier 4 student visas. With effect from May 2013 you may be required to sit a short interview when you visit your visa application centre if you are applying from certain countries.

The interview will consist of checks on your reasons for coming to the UK such as details of your chosen course and institution. The interview will also act as a test of your English language ability. Once complete a report of your interview is sent to the visa officer who is handling your application. This visa officer may then call you for a further interview if they want more information. Applicants from the following countries will be affected:

  • China - from 7 May 2013
  • Ethiopia - from 31 May 2013
  • Ghana - from 28 May 2013
  • Nigeria - from 9 May 2013
  • Pakistan - from 7 May 2013
  • Philippines - from 7 May 2013
  • Russian Federation - from 10 May 2013
  • Thailand - from 7 May 2013
  • Uganda - from 31 May 2013
  • Not every applicant will be required to sit an interview. Instead it is likely that applicants from countries the Home Office considers ‘high-risk’ will have to sit an interview, along with a random selection from ‘low-risk’ applicants.

    The interview process was originally introduced for applicants from ‘high-risk’ countries as part of ongoing efforts to reduce abuses of the visa system. Following good results from the pilot, the scheme was expanded once before in December 2012.


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