Student Visa

his visa has replaced the Tier 4 (General) student visa.

The requirements are that the applicant is:

• 16 or over
• Has been offered a place on a course that is provided by a licenced student sponsor
• has enough money to support themselves and pay for the course
• Can’t speak, read, write and understand English
• if aged 16 or 17 parental consent is required

The earliest that an application for a student visa can be made is six months before the course start date if outside the UK and three months if applying from inside the UK.

The length of stay will depend on the length of the course and the study already completed. If the applicant is 18 or over and it is a degree-level course then it is usually possible to remain in the UK for up to five years. If not (i.e. below degree level) then it is usually possible to remain in the UK for up to two years.

It may be possible to extend the visa, switch to a student visa from another visa if the applicant is already in the UK, or switch to a Graduate visa to stay in the UK for at least two years after successfully completing the course.

It may be possible to bring along your partner and children.

A successful applicant can travel to the UK:
You can arrive before your course starts. This can be either:

• up to 1 week before, if the course lasts 6 months or less
• up to 1 month before, if the course lasts more than 6 months

But must not travel to the UK before the start date given on the visa, no matter when the course starts.

There is a healthcare surcharge that must be paid.

There are strict restrictions on what a student can and cannot do.

If the applicant or their family is from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein there may be a route to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme.

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