UK Student Visa (Tier 4 – UK Study Visa) for International students wanting to study in the UK. It is point based. The key to a successful application is genuine intent to study, accurate documentation & forms. If your application has been done correctly & everything is in order, you will receive your visa in the mail. Personal interviews are rare & UK Student Visa (Tier 4 – UK Study Visa) process is simple and easy for genuine applicants.
A points-based system was also introduced for international students wanting to study in the UK. The Tier 4 visa replaces the old UK Study visa. To apply for the UK Student Visa (Tier 4 – UK Study Visa), students will require a university or other qualified UK educational institution to sponsor them. Students are also required to score points in order to be accepted as an international student in the UK. Students coming to the UK on a student visa will be allowed to work for 20 hours a week during his/her course of study and 40 hours a week during his / her holidays. The student visa is valid till the end of completion of applicant’s course. There are five types of student visas under the Tier 4 points based system
Adult student UK Student Visa (Tier 4 – UK Study Visa) – This category is for students coming to the UK for post-16 education
Student Visitor UK Student Visa (Tier 4 – UK Study Visa) – Visitors over 18 years wanting to do a 6 month course in the UK can apply under this category. However, they cannot work nor can they switch into the student visa category while they are in the UK
Child student UK Student Visa (Tier 4 – UK Study Visa) – Students between the age of 4 -17 can come to the UK to be educated at an independent-fee paying school
Child Visitor UK Student Visa (Tier 4 – UK Study Visa) – This category is for applicants who are 17 years and over, wanting to do a 6-month course in the UK. However, they cannot work nor can they switch into the student visa category while they are in the UK
Prospective Student UK Student Visa (Tier 4 – UK Study Visa) – This category is for applicants who want to come into the UK to decide which course to study or to plan a course of study within six months. Applicants are allowed to switch into an adult or child student visa category.
Adult Student Visa
Students wanting to study a course NQV level 3 or higher in the UK can apply for the UK Student Visa (Tier 4 – UK Study Visa). To be eligible to apply for the student visa, the applicant needs to meet 40 points on the following criteria –
- Sponsorship from approved education provider
30 points will be granted if the student obtains an offer from a college or university eligible to sponsor. University and colleges should obtain a license to teach international students in the UK. Students should check if the college is on the Tier 4 register of sponsors to earn points. An offer letter also known as a visa letter is issued by the college/university sponsoring you, with information about you, your sponsor, the course, and your finances.
10 points are awarded to students who show that they have sufficient funds to cover their course fees and monthly living costs. The applicant should possess qualifications equivalent to National Qualification Framework (NQF) in the UK education system The applicant should have a proven track record of his studies before reaching the UK.
Educational institutions offering courses to overseas students will need to attain the status of approved sponsors. To do so they need to demonstrate that they are bona fide establishments, rather than non-accredited or purely commercial operations. Certificates of sponsorship act as verification from a college or university that students making UK visa applications will abide by the rules and requirements of their course. Educational institutions will also be obliged to report non-enrolment and non-attendance
Basic features of the UK Student Visa (Tier 4 – UK Study Visa)
- Foreign students can gain recognized qualifications from reputable and government approved universities and colleges in the UK.
- Applications can switch from one course to another at the same time, without submitting a new application.
- Students can undertake limited employment during their study
- Students can switch into categories like Tier 2 and other categories upon successful completion, without leaving the UK.
- UK Student Visa (Tier 4 – UK Study Visa) can be extended if the course of study is over 4 years.
- Dependents of student visa holders can migrate to the UK
- Dependents are granted a visa for the same length of time as the applicant
The duration of the UK Student Visa (Tier 4 – UK Study Visa) would depend on the length of course undertaken.
- If the applicant is pursuing a graduate course or above he is permitted to stay for full length of the course, up to 4 years
- If the course the applicant has undertaken is longer than 4 years then he/she can apply for UK visa extension to complete the course
- If the applicant is pursuing an undergraduate course he/she will be allowed to stay for a period of 3 years.
- The applicant who is a child student can stay in the UK will be shortest of the following
- Period of time child asks for
- Full length of the course
- The maximum time the applicant can be allowed ( six years for applicants below
16 years and 2 years for applicants aged 16 or 17)
Applicants can bring their dependents provided they are married partners and demonstrate that they have sufficient funds to meet their maintenance requirement without having recourse to public funds. Dependents are granted a visa for the same length of time as the applicant. There is no provision for dependents to migrate to the UK when the applicant is a child student. Work Rights under the UK Student Visa (Tier 4 – UK Study Visa) The maximum amount of part-time work you can do during term time is:
- 20 hours per week if you are studying a course at UK degree level or a foundation degreecourse, and/or if you made your Tier 4 (General) application.
On the UK Student Visa (Tier 4 – UK Study Visa), applicants cannot be self-employed, provide services as a professional sports person or entertainer or conduct business.
Switching Visa Categories
The UK Student Visa (Tier 4 – UK Study Visa) is a non-immigrant visa category and will not lead to British Naturalization or UK citizenship. Once the student completes their course of study, eligible applicants can stay on in the UK by switching to the Tier 1 Post Study work visa or Tier 1 visa or Tier 2 visa.
The applicant will be able to change from one course to another at the same establishment without submitting a new application. The applicant can switch to Adult student category provided he/she has been previously given permission to stay in the UK as Post study worker, skilled worker (tier2 general, intra company transfer (tier 2) minister religion (), child student (tier 4), prospective student, student, student re appearing for examinations, student nurses, student union sabbatical officer, work permit holder, a post graduate doctor or dentist and participant in science and engineering graduate scheme.
Maintenance funds for UK Student Visa (Tier 4 – UK Study Visa)
The applicants of UK Student Visa (Tier 4 – UK Study Visa) can be sponsored by a financial sponsor who may be home government of the applicant, the British council, any international organization, company, university. The duration stay of the applicant in this case will be at the discretion of the sponsor. If the applicant is sponsored for part of the study then he/she needs to show sufficient funds to meet rest of their expenses. For outside London
||Fee if you are applying outside the UK
|Partner or child aged under 18 (if they are applying at the same time as the main applicant)
|Partner or child aged under 18 (if they are applying later), or child aged over 18
Disclaimer: Embassy charges are subjected to change without prior notice. Please confirm before submitting the application.