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Immigration

Tier 4 Student Visa Solicitors

If you are looking to study in the UK, our tier 4 visa solicitors will make the process of getting your student visa as simple as possible.

We understand the process of making a student visa application can be stressful, our immigration solicitors have decades of experience helping people through this process and use all all their knowledge to remove this stress. Meaning you can focus on preparing for your course.

UK student visa requirements

Tier 4 visas are awarded on a points-based system, in order to meet all requirements and ensure you achieve the minimum points required you must provide:

  • A copy of your passport
  • A recent photograph
  • An unconditional course offer from an educational institution licensed to provide tier 4 sponsorship
  • Proof you have sufficient English language skills (typically by passing the secure English language test)
  • Proof you will have access to sufficient funds for the duration of your stay
  • If you are a non-EU, EEA or Swiss student studying a sensitive subject, you may also be required to obtain an ATAS certificate
  • If you're under 18 and applying for a tier 4 (general) student visa, a letter from your parents or guardian giving you permission to live and travel independently.

When proving you have sufficient funds to cover the duration of your stay, you will need to provide evidence of your ability pay the course fees in full whilst also having at least £1,015 (outside London) or £1,265 (inside London) per month for living costs.

The money will need to be held in a bank account in the name of student or the student's parents or legal guardians. It must be held in cash and have not fallen below the minimum amount required for a consecutive 28-day period. In addition to this, the closing balance of your most recent statement must fall within 31 days of the application date.

Alongside this, you may also be required to produce a range of additional documents, including proof of your qualifications, attend interviews, and have certain vaccinations.

These requirements vary in-line with the country you are looking to move from, our student visa solicitors will be able to tell you exactly what you'll need to ensure you're successful with your application on the first attempt.

The different types of student visa

Tier 4 visas are broken down into a range of visas. The one you need to apply for will depend on your requirements and current situation, with the following being available:

  • Tier 4 (General) Student: this is the most common type of student visa, covering those aged over 16 who wish to study in the UK for a period of over six months. If you are studying at post-graduate level or above and can demonstrate the financial capability, this type of visa also allows you to bring dependents to the UK
  • Tier 4 Student Visitor: if you are over 18 and wish to study in the UK for a shorter period, a student visitor visa may be right for you. Working is not allowed under the terms of this visa, making it vital for those applying to ensure their finances are in the right place
  • Prospective Student: on occasion, course application processes will require a visit to the UK or you will need to move earlier than expected to prepare for your course. In these cases, you may be granted a temporary prospective student visa
  • Tier 4 (Child) Student: children aged between 4 and 17 who wish to be educated in the UK will be required to have a tier 4 (child) visa. If the children are between the ages of 4 and 15, they must be attending an independent, fee-paying school
  • Child Visitor: this visa is for children under the age of 18 who wish to come to the UK to study for a short period of time, typically six months or less.

Ensuring you apply for the right visa is incredibly important if your application is to go smoothly. We will be able to advise on exactly what visa is right for you before starting the application process, saving you money, time and stress.

When can I apply for a tier 4 visa?

If you are applying for your visa for the first time, the application must be made no more than 90 days from the start of your course.

On average, the application process takes around 15 days to complete. Although this may seem like it gives you plenty of time to complete your application before the start of your course, it can often take much longer during peak periods.

Because of this, we would advise commencing your application as soon as you are allowed. Having your visa in place will make the last few weeks before the stress of moving a much more enjoyable experience, and gives you time to resolve any unexpected issues which may arise during the application process.

Switching or extending your student visa

If your course takes longer to complete than anticipated or you wish to stay in the UK for further study upon completion of your course, you may apply to extend your Tier 4 visa.

The requirements for being granted an extended visa remain the same as getting your initial visa, unless you are looking to secure a different type (moving from a Tier 4 (child) visa to a Tier 4 (general) visa, for example).

Your application process must commence within six months of receiving your confirmation of acceptance of studies, but no more than three months before the start of your course. You must also apply before your current visa expires.

If you are looking to work in the UK upon completion of your studies, it may also be possible to switch to a Tier 2 (General) visa, which will give you the right to live and work in the UK for five years. Regulations surrounding this visa type are increasingly complex, making specialist advice vital if your application is to be successful.

Does a student visa allow me to work?

Having a part-time job is a vital part of many student's lives. It provides invaluable work experience whilst also giving you some all-important extra income. When you're in the UK under a Tier 4 visa, however, obeying the terms is vital.

Students studying for a degree under a Tier 4 visa may work up to 20 hours a week during term-time, with no restrictions being in place outside term. Additionally, you also have the right to attend any work placements which form part of your course.

If you are studying below degree level, the hours you are eligible to work during term-time decreases to ten hours per week, though you are still allowed to work unrestricted outside of term and attend work placements.

Breaching these regulations could carry serious consequences, so it's important you make any potential employers aware of them before commencing work.

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If you are looking to apply for a Tier 4 visa, contact our specialist UK visas and immigration solicitors today.

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