The Home Office applies a points-based system alongside other category requirements in the Immigration Rules. You can apply as an adult student under Tier 4 (General) of the points-based system. You must be coming to the UK for your post-16 education for a period of six months or longer. To apply you will need 40 points on the points-based system. You must score 30 points by providing a confirmation of acceptance from an approved education provider. You also need to score 10 points for providing proof of maintenance funds. If your application is successful, you are generally allowed to remain in the UK for the full length of your course and for a short time after. At this stage, you will need to leave the UK unless you have applied to extend your stay or are switching to another immigration category.
Am I eligible for a Short-Term Student Visa?
If your course is six-months or less, you can apply for a Student Visitor Visa. This allows you to study in the UK for up to six months, provided you are at least 18 years old and can prove that you have access to the appropriate funds.
Can I use a Tier 4 Student Visa to send my child to school in the UK?
Yes – any child between the ages of 4 and 17 years old is eligible for a Study Visa, under the Tier 4 (Child) Visa category. To be eligible, they must provide evidence that they have been accepted into an independent fee-paying school.
This application should be made from the child’s country of residence. The child can generally remain in the UK for the full length of their course and for four months after it finishes. After this, they must leave the UK unless they have applied to extend their stay or switched to another immigration category.
What are my next steps when making a Student Visa application?
Before you can apply for either a Tier 4 (General) Visa or a Student Visitor Visa, you must first ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements. For both visas, you will need to provide evidence of appropriate funds. These funds can be personal savings, loans, or grants but they must cover your maintenance fees. You must also provide evidence of an official offer from the institution which you or your child is intending to attend in the UK. Alongside this, the Home Office requires several identity documents and information on your background. You will also need a sufficient knowledge of the English Language.