If you are a foreign national wanting to study in the UK but you are subject to immigration control, you must first apply for a UK student visa. In some cases the UK Border Agency applies a points-based system in conjunction with other category-specific requirements under the Immigration Rules.
There are 4 different student visa categories:
TIER 4 CHILD VISA
You can apply as a child student under Tier 4 of the points-based system if you are between 4 and 17 years old. If you are between 4 and 15 years old, you must be coming to the UK to be educated at an independent fee-paying school. If you want to study here under Tier 4 (Child), you will need to apply from your country of residence. If your application is successful, you will generally be permitted to remain in the UK for the full length of your course and for 4 months after your course finishes, at which stage you will need to leave the UK unless you have applied to extend your stay or switch to another immigration category.
To apply you will need 40 points. You must score 30 points by providing a confirmation of acceptance of studies from an approved education provider and 10 points for having maintenance funds. Click here for Businesses & Sponsors.
If you are under 18 and want to come to the UK for up to 6 months to study you can apply under the child visitor category. You must have sufficient funds to support and accommodate yourself in the UK and can meet the cost of your return or onward journey. If a child wants to study here for more than 6 months they must apply under Tier 4 (Child) of the points-based system.
TIER 4 GENERAL VISA
You can apply as an adult student under Tier 4 (General) of the points-based system if you are coming to the UK for your post-16 education. To apply you will need 40 points. You must score 30 points by providing a confirmation of acceptance of studies from an approved education provider and 10 points for having maintenance funds. Click here for Businesses & Sponsors.
If your application is successful, you generally will be permitted to remain in the UK for the full length of your course and for a short time after, at which stage you will need to leave the UK unless you have applied to extend your stay or switch to another immigration category.
STUDENT VISITOR VISA
You can apply as a student visitor if you are at least 18 years old and you want to undertake a short course of study for up to 6 months (11 months to take an English language course). You must have sufficient funds to support and accommodate yourself in the UK and can meet the cost of your return or onward journey. If you want to study here for more than 6 months you must apply under Tier 4 (General) of the points-based system.
If you are a student aged 16 and 17 who wants to study here for more than 6 months you may be able to apply for a Tier 4 visa under either the Child or General categories of the points-based system, although the level of the course may determine which route you proceed under.
Changes to the Immigration Rules on Tier 4 General and their dependents
The government has announced major changes to the immigration rules for students and their dependants from 14 July 2015.
The changes are listed below by date:
Changes from 14 July 2015
The start date of the temporary vignette will change to either:
- 30 days from the course start date as shown on the CAS; or
- 7 days from the intended date of travel on the application form (whichever is later)
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Changes from 3 August 2015
- The method of calculating the five/eight year cap will be amended to include all time spent on a Student/Tier 4 visa including the extra time at the start and end of the visa. If you need to apply for a new visa and you think this may affect you contact us immediately for advice.You can find more information on the UKVI web pages.
- Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme applications appear to be limited to those who have applied for their last visa in the UK. This is being queried as it may be an error in the wording
Changes from 12 November 2015
The level of maintenance required each month will increase to:
- £1,265 per month for Tier 4 students
- £845 per month for Tier 4 dependant
The lower “established presence” level of funding will no longer exist and Tier 4 applicants will need to show £1,265 a month up to a maximum of nine months.
Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme applicants will still only be required to show £1,265 for two months (£2,530).