With some of the oldest and most globally renowned universities, the UK is a destination that many international students choose to pursue a course of study in their chosen field. Students from countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) hoping to attend a British university will be required to hold a visa in order to allow them to take up their place.
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What visas are required to allow students to study in the UK?
Students who are over the age of 16 and are travelling to the UK to attend a course at a university will need to apply for a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa. For younger students who are aged between 4 and 17 years of age and wish to attend an institution in the UK, for example at a boarding school, an application should be made for a Tier 4 (Child) Student Visa. Students who are aged 16 or 17 can apply for either of these visas if the course they are studying is at or above level 3 of the National Qualifications Framework.
There also exists another type of visa, the Parent of a Tier 4 Child Student Visa, for parents of non-EEA students who are studying at an independent fee-paying school. This visa allows them to accompany their child during their time studying in the UK.
What are the eligibility requirements for a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa?
To apply for a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa you must satisfy the following criteria:
- You have been offered a place on a course – this must be an unconditional offer on a course with a licensed Tier 4 sponsor and you must have a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
- You must have a good knowledge of the English language – you may need to provide evidence of this
- You must be able to pay for your course and to support yourself financially
The Home Office publishes a list of institutions that are licensed to sponsor international students under the Tier 4 Student Visa scheme.
The immigration lawyers at Wilford Smith can help you prepare the evidence to support your eligibility for the Tier 4 Visa. In particular, we can help you manage your CAS and ensure it is delivered promptly by the University or other institution you have applied to study at.
What are the eligibility requirements for a Tier 4 (Child) Student Visa?
To apply for a Tier 4 (Child) Student Visa you must:
- Have a place on a course with a licensed Tier 4 sponsor
- Have your parent or guardian's consent
- Be able to pay for your fees and your living costs
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