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Student Visas UK - Tier 4

If you have been offered a full-time place at a UK educational institution, you may be eligible to enter the UK on a Student Visa. Each year, thousands of international students successfully gain a UK Student visa to study in the United Kingdom. The UK government welcomes foreign students, and there is no limit on the number of student visas that can be issued.

Your eligibility is calculated using a points-based rules system called a Tier 4 Student Visa. Under this system there are two categories: Tier 4 (Child) student visa for those aged 4 to 17 years old and Tier 4 (General) student visa for those wishing to take up post-16 education.  Students aged 16 and 17 should apply under Tier 4 (General) unless you will be studying on a course below NQF3 in which case you should apply under the Tier 4 (child) category.

Tier 4 (Child) Student visa

A child between 4 and 15 years old can apply for a Tier 4 (Child) visa if they wish to attend an independent school in the UK. They can apply for a visa up to 3 months before their date of travel.  If the child is under 16 years of age when they apply they will be entitled to stay in the UK up to 6 years plus 4 months afterwards.

In order to qualify the child must score 40 points under the Points-based System rules:

30 points – attending an acceptable course with an approved education provider (they will issue the child student UK visa with a CAS (confirmation of acceptance of studies) reference number.

10 points – having enough money to cover the course fees and living costs for the first year (normally provided by the parent or legal guardian).

Tier 4 (General) Student visa

Students over the age of 16 wishing to study in the UK may apply for a Tier 4 (General) visa. The student will be allowed to stay in the UK for the full length of the course plus four months after the course has ended.

In order to qualify the student must score 40 points under the Points-based System rules. This can be achieved through course confirmation and providing evidence of funding to pay for both course tuition fees and monthly living costs.

UK Student visas application process for Tier 4 (general) and Tier 4 (child) visas can be complex and guidance in this area is recommended. UK VISAS manages Tier 4 applications on a regular basis so we are confident we can provide a swift and successful service to guide you through your particular case.

Same Day service

At UK Visas we pride ourselves on our fast and reliable service. Subject to availability, we are able to offer a same day legal service for all UK visa enquiries including Tier 4 student UK visas. One of our OISC registered immigration advisors will prepare and organise client applications to a premium standard and arrange any appropriate appointments. 

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