London is one of the most vibrant and dynamic cities in the world. It's an ideal place to take a filmmaking course while getting to know the culture and people of the city at the same time. Also, Met Film School is located at the historic Ealing Studios so you will be in the best working environment possible to start your filmmaking career!
If you are a national of a country outside of the EEA and Switzerland and you are coming to study a programme lasting more than six months then you must apply for a Tier 4 student visa. Please use the UK Border Agency questionnaire to find out if you are required to get a Tier 4 student visa.
For full visa information, visit the UK Border Agency’s website.
The information below is for students who will be applying for a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa from within their home country of outside of the UK.
What is a Confirmation of Acceptance For Studies (CAS)?
Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 (General), we must assign a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) to you. This confirms that you have been given an unconditional offer of a place on a course of study with a licensed Tier 4 sponsor.
A CAS is not an actual document but a virtual record held on the UKBA Sponsorship Management System. You will receive a CAS Number, which is a unique 14-digit reference number, containing a mixture of letters and numbers. This number links your visa application with the information contained in your CAS record. Information about you, your course and how we have assessed your suitability for the course are all contained within your CAS record.
A CAS is valid for 6 months from the date it is issued.
You should use your CAS to apply for a Tier 4 student visa no earlier than 3 months before the start date of your course. You can only use the CAS once. If your visa is refused for any reason, you must obtain a new CAS from us. Once we issue you with a CAS, we will send you notification of the unique number and information contained within your record.
Only students who have firmly accepted an unconditional offer to study at Met Film School will receive a CAS.
You will also need to meet the other Tier 4 (General) requirements.
How to meet the UKBA maintenance requirements
As a Tier 4 student you will need to be able to demonstrate to the UKBA that you have sufficient funds to pay your course fees and maintenance while you are in the UK. Your maintenance is made up of accommodation and living costs. You will need to show that you have £1,000 for each month of your course up to a maximum of nine months. This means the maximum you will need to show is £9,000. You will be required to produce a bank statement or bank letter showing maintenance of £9,000 when you are applying for your visa and this amount must have been held in the account for at least 28 days prior to the date you apply.
Please ensure you carefully read the guidance before applying to ensure that you are submitting the correct documents in the correct format.The most recent versions of the Tier 4 guidance can be found at UKBA website.
The Met Film School will require proof of the maintenance/ funds available to you before we can issue you with a CAS. It is important that all financial evidence is submitted in a timely manner.
Who is a “low risk” country national?
As of 4 July 2011, if your qualify for the UKBA differentiations arrangements because you are considered to be a “low risk” country national, you will be required to provide fewer evidential documents when applying for a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa to pursue a course at Met Film.
The Tier 4 Policy Guidance outlines where you are exempted from having to provide a document, or a group of documents under the current differentiation arrangements. Please note however, that the UKBA reserves the right to request the full range of documents from you so it is important that these are readily available. Currently the "low risk" countries are (w.e.f. 1st Oct 2012):
Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America or British Overseas Nationals.
How long will it take to process my visa?
Information on visa processing times can be found using the ‘Guide to visa processing time’ tool on the UKBA website.
If you have any queries about visas please feel free to email us: firstname.lastname@example.org