Tier 4

Tier 4 (General) student visa:

According to Home Office guidelines the following information should be consider to assess your case:-

Eligibility:

You can apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK if you are 16 or over and you are from a country that’s not in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. You also need to fulfil following requirements:-

  • have been offered a place on a course with a licensed Tier 4 sponsor. (provide CAS number)
  • your course must be one of the following:-
  1. full-time leading to a qualification that’s at least level 6 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF)
  2. an overseas course of degree level study that’s equal to a UK higher education course and is being run by an overseas higher education institution
  3. a full-time course with at least 15 hours per week of organised daytime study leading to a qualification below degree level but at least NQF level 3
  4. a recognised foundation programme as a postgraduate doctor or dentist

·For Postgraduate doctors and dentists

            You can apply for this visa if you are sponsored to do a recognised foundation programme                           

             and you have:

  1. finished a recognised UK degree in medicine or dentistry
  2. received that degree from a registered Tier 4 sponsor
  3. spent your final year and at least 1 other year of studies leading to that degree in the UK

Visa Duration:-

How long you can stay depends on the kind of course you’re doing and what study you’ve already completed.

Extensions:

You can only get a CAS for a new course if you have studied in the UK before and you are:

  • re-sitting exams or repeating modules
  • applying for the first time to a new institution to complete a course you started at an institution that’s lost its Tier 4 sponsorship
  • studying for a new qualification at a higher academic level
  • studying for a new qualification at a Higher Education Institution (HEI) that’s at the same level of study and related to your previous course, or career aspirations
  • be in the UK
  • applying to complete a PhD or other doctorate that you started studying under your last Tier 4 (General) student visa
  • studying for a new qualification at a higher academic level
  • studying for a new qualification at a Higher Education Institution (HEI) that’s at the same level of study and related to your previous course, or career aspirations
  • be in the UK


Switching Visa

You may be able to change (switch) from another visa to a Tier 4 (General) student visa from following categories:-

  • Tier 1 (Post-study work)
  • Tier 2 (General)
  • Tier 2 (Intra-company transfer)
  • Tier 2 (Minister of religion)
  • Tier 4 (Child)
  • postgraduate doctor or dentist
  • Science and Engineering Graduates Scheme
  • International Graduates Scheme
  • Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme
  • student (under the rules in place before 31 March 2009)
  • student re-sitting an examination
  • student nurse
  • students writing up a thesis
  • student union sabbatical officer
  • work permit holder

Tier 4 (Child) student visa:

According to Home Office guidelines the following information should be consider to assess your case:-

You can apply for the Tier 4 (Child) student visa if you are aged between 4 and 17 and you want to study at an independent school in the UK.

You must also:

  • have a place on a course
  • confirmation of acceptance for study (CAS)
  • have the consent of your parent or guardian
  • have enough money to cover your course fees and living costs
  • be from a country that’s not in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
  • meet the eligibility requirements
  • You must have an unconditional offer of a place on a course with a licensed Tier 4 sponsor
  • You must have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course – this will vary depending on your circumstances

Your course must be:-

You can also do a course that’s accepted as being at the same academic level by:

Extend your visa

You may be able to apply to extend your stay in the UK under a Tier 4 (Child) visa.

Tier 4-Short-term study visa:

According to Home Office guidelines the following information should be consider to assess your case:-

Eligibility:-

You can apply for a Short-term study visa if:

You must provide evidence that you:

  • have been offered a place on a course in the UK at an accepted place of study
  • have enough money to support yourself without working or help from public funds, or that relatives and friends can support and accommodate you and can pay for your return or onward journey

If you’re under 18 you must also have made arrangements for your travel and stay in the UK and you have permission from your parent or guardian to study in the UK

Where you can study:

You must be accepted on a course with an education provider that holds a Tier 4 sponsor licence.

Otherwise your course will need to be held at an educational institution listed by one of the following:

Other requirement:-

1-You must be at least 18 years old and accepted on a course to learn English as a foreign language if you are applying for an 11 month Short-term study visa.

2-You can apply for a Short-term study visa if you’re at least 18 years old and studying at an overseas higher education institution and part of your course is in the UK.

Your institution must:

  • hold its own national accreditation
  • offer only part of its educational programme in the UK
  • offer programmes that are equivalent to a UK degree

Researching in the UK for a short time

You can come to the UK for a short period of research if already enrolled on an overseas degree course.

To be eligible:

  • your course must be equivalent to a UK degree
  • you must be carrying out the research at a UK recognised body, or a body that receives public funding as a higher education institution
  • you must be at least 18 years old

Visa Duration:-

You can stay in the UK for:

  • 6 months – for any short course (including English language courses), or short period of research if you’re 18 or over
  • 11 months – if you’re 18 or over and taking an English language course

How We Can Help you!

If you are applying under the above category you must produce sufficient evidence to satisfy Entry Clearance Officer or Visa case worker in the UK. Our experiences Solicitors can guide you on each step of application and help you to understand Immigration Rules. We can help you to prepare application for both stages.  So you apply with confidence and complete application.

If you have questions please contact us and discuss further.