If you wish to study and live in the UK, you can apply for the Student Visa, which has replaced the Tier 4 (General) student visa.

Eligibility Criteria

  • You can apply for a Student Visa to study in the UK if you are 16 or over. You must have consent from your parents if you are 16 or 17.
  • You must have been offered a place on a course by a licensed Student Sponsor.
  • You must have the finances to support yourself and pay for your course.
  • You must meet the English language requirement of your course. You must be able to show that you speak, read, write, and understand English.

Restrictions

  • You cannot engage in self-employment or work in certain jobs such as professional sportsperson or sports coach.
  • You cannot claim public funds.
  • You cannot study at an academy or locally funded school (also known as a maintained school).
  • You cannot apply for indefinite leave to remain within the UK on a student visa.
  • You may be able to work depending on what you are studying and whether you’re working in or out of term-time.

Length of stay

The initial length of stay depends on your course and what study you have already completed. Once approved, you will typically be given permission to enter and remain in the UK for up to 5 years.

After 5 years, you will be able to submit further applications to extend your visa pending an unconditional offer of a place on a course with a licensed student sponsor.

The 5-year limit does not apply to PhD students.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Applicants must have been accepted on to a course in the UK with an unconditional offer and have been provided with a CAS from their educational provider. Once a CAS has been issued, the visa application must be made within 6 months. 

Spouses and dependents

Your spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner and any dependent children under the age of 18 may apply to join you in the UK as your dependent.

You must demonstrate that your dependents have enough funds to support themselves in addition to the money you must have to support yourself.

The dependents will receive the same period of leave as the main applicant and will be able to work with restrictions around certain jobs such as a professional sportsperson or a sports coach within the UK.

FAQs

STUDENT VISA

When you should apply for a student visa changes depending on whether you are applying from within the UK or not:

  • If you are applying from outside the UK, you should make an application for a Student Visa no more than 6 months before the start of your course
  •  If you are applying from within the UK, you should make an application for a Student Visa no more than 3 months before the start of your course. Your new course must begin within 28 days of your current visa expiring.

It takes up to three weeks for the Home Office to make a decision on applications from outside the UK following submission.

It takes up to eight weeks for the Home Office to make a decision on applications from within the UK following submission.

The timelines may currently be longer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Priority Service may be available as an additional purchasing option in some locations for applications made outside the UK.

You may be able to extend your Student Visa to stay longer and continue your course or study a new course if you are already in the UK on a Student Visa or a Tier 4 (General) student visa.

You must have an unconditional offer of a place on a course with a licensed student sponsor, shown by your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

There is an academic progress requirement – your studies must be at a higher level than your current course.

If you have been in the UK with a valid visa for less than 12 months, you’ll need to prove you have enough money to support yourself in the UK. You should apply to extend your dependants’ visas at the same time as you extend your own visa. If you cannot apply at the same time, it must be submitted before their current visa expires.

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EXPERT ADVICE

There are many requirements to be met to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration. The Immigration Rules contain strict requirements in terms of the evidentiary documents that must be provided.

Woodcock Law is well placed and highly experienced in providing advice and assistance on making a Student Visa application. We appreciate that many of the requirements may seem overly complex and onerous, but we can assist you in your application.

We recommend getting in contact with us on 020 7712 1590 for our expert advice on such an application before any action is taken.

The Information contained herein is supplied by UK Visas and Immigration and is subject to change. While Woodcock Law Limited makes every effort to keep this document current, prices and information cannot be guaranteed.

There are many requirements to be met to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration. The Immigration Rules contain strict requirements in terms of the evidentiary documents that must be provided.

Woodcock Law is well placed and highly experienced in providing advice and assistance on making a Student Visa application. We appreciate that many of the requirements may seem overly complex and onerous, but we can assist you in your application.

We recommend getting in contact with us on 020 7712 1590 for our expert advice on such an application before any action is taken.

The Information contained herein is supplied by UK Visas and Immigration and is subject to change. While Woodcock Law Limited makes every effort to keep this document current, prices and information cannot be guaranteed.

The information contained on this page is sourced from UK Visas and Immigration and is subject to change. While Woodcock Law Limited makes every effort to keep this information current, prices and information cannot be guaranteed and should always be checked on www.gov.uk.