If you wish to study in the UK you will need to apply for a Tier 4 visa under the PBS (points based system). As with all tiers there are sub-tiers. Each sub-tier has different criteria, you must make sure that you apply for the correct visa based on your circumstances.
Tier 4 General Student Visa
A Tier 4 general student visa is applicable to students over the age of 16 years old and you must meet the qualifying criteria.
You must have received a conditional offer from an educational institution, the institution must hold a Tier 4 sponsor licence.
You must be able to prove that you have enough money to pay for education and living costs. You may be eligible for student finance however grants for living costs are not typically offered to those outside of the EEA and Switzerland.</span
You must also be able to demonstrate a suitable capability for reading, writing and understanding the English language and you may need to pass a test.
Upon being a granted a general student visa, if you are studying in the UK for longer than 6 months you will be permitted to arrive in the UK a month before your course starts.
Tier 4 Child Student Visa
The criteria for this visa is different than the adult student visa. This visa is applicable to children between the ages of 4 and 17. The visa should be applied for by the minor’s parent or guardian. The child student must have been offered a place at an educational institute that holds a Tier 4 sponsor licence.</span>
A child student may stay in the UK with a UK based carer rather than their parent however the carer must be able to prove they have a minimum of £560 per month available to provide for the child’s needs. If a parent is to accompany the child to the UK during their studies the parent must be able to prove that they have a minimum of £1,535.00 available per month to support both of their needs.
Short-Term Study Visa
This type of visa is available to individuals who only wish to study in the UK for a short period of time. If granted this visa is valid for up to 11 months. There are only certain individuals that are eligible for this visa for example; if you are wishing to study an English language course. If you are completing a degree overseas you may also be eligible for a short-term study visa if as part of your degree, you wish to come to the UK for research purposes.
Apply for an initial consultation to get started and have a qualified immigration solicitor work on your application.
If a student has provisionally offered a place at an educational institute that holds the relevant sponsor licence they are eligible to apply for a Tier 4 study visa.
If you are studying at degree level then you may work a maximum of 20 hours a week during term time and full time during holiday periods.
It is possible to extend a Tier 4 General visa however this privilege is typically only for those who are moving from one degree level course to a higher degree level.
This is possible however you must show proof that you have already secured a role in a business that holds the relevant sponsor licence on your Tier 2 application.
Tier 2 visas usually cover individuals who are employed by an organisation with the relevant sponsor licence which includes those in postdoctoral and research roles. However, we would always advise taking legal advice to ensure you apply for the correct visa as different qualifications affect the Tier level you will need.
Typically, you cannot bring a dependent with you on a short-term visa. A Tier 4 visa is slightly different but there are strict criteria and this privilege is usually reserved for those on government sponsored initiatives or if they are purs
No, you will need to have been offered a position from a company that holds a sponsor licence who will need to issue you with a CoS (certificate of sponsorship).
Yes, you must have a passport or other valid travel document, be able to provide your CoS number, demonstrate that you meet the English language requirement and also you must be able to provide proof of how you will meet the maintenance requirement.