You can apply for a Tier 4 (General) Student visa if you are aged 16 or older. The length of your stay depends on the type of course you are taking and what study courses you have already completed. Student visas are not issued for part-time courses. In order to apply for a Tier 4 student visa you will need to have Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) at a UK educational institution that holds a valid Tier 4 sponsorship license. You can study a wide range of courses in the UK, but you must check that the course you want to study is at a high enough level.
You can work for up to 20 hours a week during your studies and full-time during your holidays to help support your studies. This only applies if you are studying a degree level course at a UK higher education institution for longer than 6 months.
You can bring your partner and children to the UK as your Tier 4 dependant if you are a government-sponsored student and your course is longer than six months or you are doing a postgraduate level course of 12 months or longer at a publicly-funded Higher Education Institution
Visa holders may extend their visa to continue studies in the UK or change visa type
GBP 328 each
GBP 150 per annum each
To be eligible for this visa, you must be able to prove the following:
An unconditional offer of a place on a course with a licensed Tier 4 sponsor
Enough money to support yourself and pay for your course – the amount will vary depending on your circumstances
The following table breaks down the application process into eight basic steps:
Provide you with a list of documentation to collate for your application and a Preliminary Questionnaire to obtain information about you.
Drafting relevant letters and providing template letters for your application.
Liaising with your Tier 4 Sponsor to obtain your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS)
Gathering all the relevant documentation from you and reviewing and advising on each document.
Covering letter will be drafted to accompany your application.
Complete the online application form, pay the relevant fee and book an appointment at the visa center.
Print off the form and collect your supporting documentation and take to the visa center. You are required to have your photographs and fingerprints taken at the visa center.
You will be provided with a visa valid for 28 days. You must arrive in the UK within this period. You must collect your Biometric Residence Permit within this period when entering the UK, which has the validity of your visa.
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