To study in the UK, you may need a student visa. There are three main types of UK student visa which you can apply for – the Tier 4 (General) Student visa, Tier 4 (Child) Student visa, and the Student Visitor visa. To find out which type applies to you and your situation, read the information below and then get in touch with the team at Astons for some expert help and advice.
Tier 4 (General) Student Visa
This visa category is for students, applying for a visa from either in the UK (if they are currently on a Tier 2 (General), a Tier 4 (General) Student or Tier 4 (Child) visa), or from outside of the UK. The Tier 4 (General) Student must be sponsored by their school, college or university, which must issue a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for them before a successful study visa application can be made. Tier 4 (General) Student migrants are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week or full time during their University holidays. Tier 4 (General) Students are permitted to apply with dependants.
Tier 4 (Child) Student Visa
A person can apply from outside the UK, for a Tier 4 (Child) Student visa (from the age of 4 upwards), or from inside the UK (if they are currently hold a Tier 4 or Student visa) . The requirements are that the child must have a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), the consent of their parent / guardian and be aged between 4 and 17. The study must be at an independent school. Tier 4 (Child) Student migrants who are 16 or over are permitted to work during term time for up to 10 hours a week, full time during vacations and on a work placement as part of their course (not more than 50% of their course time).
Student Visitor Visa
A person can apply for a Standard Visitor visa which would permit the individual to undertake educational exchanges or visits with a UK state or independent school, a maximum of 30 days study on recreational courses (not English language training), or a short-course (which includes English language training) at an accredited institution provided that the main purpose of the visit is not to study.