Tier 4 Student Visa

Allow our award-winning immigration lawyers to project manage your case from start to finish as an applicant for the Student visa for the UK. We have an excellent track record of securing this visa for our clients, and operate a fixed-fee service.

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If you are a student from overseas who would like to come to the UK to study, our central London-based solicitors can help you with your application for a UK study visa. We can assist with a wide range of needs you might have in relation to the Student visa, the Child Student visa, or the previous Tier 4 student visa for the UK.

You may be looking to apply for a Student visa for the first time, or you might be interested in extending your current UK Tier 4 student visa. We also advise and assist those who would like to switch to a UK study visa from another type of visa.

Contact our trusted Student visa UK solicitors today to arrange a consultation.

How can you help me get a Tier 4 Student Visa?

Here at Cranbrook Legal, we have long had an excellent reputation as UK Tier 4 student visa lawyers. We are continuing to apply that expertise now that the Tier 4 (General) student visa and the Tier 4 (Child) student visa have been replaced by the Student visa and Child Student visa respectively.

You may already know that you wish to study in the UK, and even which subject and where you intend to study. However, you may be uncertain about the right visa route for you, or about the key Student visa UK requirements.

Our Student visa UK lawyers in central London can help you every step of the way with your visa application. Drawing upon our more than 25 years’ experience in the UK immigration sector, we will communicate with you clearly and precisely at every stage, while carefully project managing your case to ensure a successful outcome. We can also advise you on the next steps if your application for a UK study visa is refused by the Home Office.

We have a high success rate in getting our clients approved for this visa, and are also renowned for our honest approach and fast turnaround times. Book your consultation today with our well-informed and experienced UK Tier 4 student visa solicitors.

What is a Tier 4 Student Visa?

The UK Tier 4 Student visa was the previous visa route for those from overseas who wished to come to the UK to study. More specifically, this category consisted of the Tier 4 (General) student visa, which was broadly applicable to adult students, and the Tier 4 (Child) student visa, which was aimed at children aged between four and 17 years to enable them to undertake schooling in the UK.

Since then, the Tier 4 (General) student visa has been replaced by the Student visa, and the Tier 4 (Child) student visa has been replaced by the Child Student visa. This means that the UK Tier 4 visa route is now closed to new student applications, although it is still possible to apply to extend an existing Tier 4 student visa.

Today’s Student visa for the UK is aimed at those aged 16 or over who wish to study in the UK, and who meet certain other Home Office requirements.

If you are at least 18 years of age and are set to undertake a degree-level course, the Student visa usually enables you to stay in the UK for as long as five years. For courses that are below degree level, the visa holder can normally stay for up to two years. The exact amount of time you are allowed to stay in the UK on a Student visa will depend on the length of your course and what study you have already completed in the UK.

You may, however, have the option of staying for longer in the UK as a result of extending your Student visa. Another option could be to switch to a Graduate visa, which would entitle you to stay in the UK for at least two years after the successful completion of your course.

As a holder of the Student visa, it may also be possible for you to bring your partner and children with you to the UK as your ‘dependants’.

Being successful in your application for a UK study visa will give you the right to:

  • Study
  • Work as a student union sabbatical officer

You may also be allowed to work in the UK on this visa. The amount you are entitled to work will depend on what you’re studying, and whether you will be working in or out of term-time.

Holders of this visa are not, however, able to:

  • Claim public funds (benefits) and pensions
  • Work in certain jobs, for instance, as a professional sportsperson or sports coach
  • Be self-employed
  • Study at an academy or a local authority-funded school (also referred to as a maintained school)

In the event that you are successfully approved for a UK Student visa, the Home Office will tell you exactly what you can and cannot do.

Another important factor to consider when you are seeking a student route visa for the UK, is the fee you will need to pay. The present Home Office Student visa UK cost is £348 for those applying for this visa from outside the UK, and £475 for those extending or switching to a Student visa from inside the UK.

As for the cost of our Student visa UK lawyers, we operate on the basis of a fixed fee agreed with our clients at the start of our relationship with them. This will give you crucial financial certainty, with no need to worry about any additional hidden charges.

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Am I elgible for a Tier 4 Student Visa?

If you wish to apply for what is now known simply as the ‘Student visa’, you will need to be at least 16 years of age. It is also expected that you will:

  • Have been offered a place on a course by a licensed student sponsor
  • Have sufficient money to support yourself and pay for your course – the exact amount will depend on your circumstances
  • Be able to speak, read, write and understand the English language
  • Have consent from your parents if you’re 16 or 17 years old; you will require evidence of this when you submit your application

Those aged 16 or 17 years who wish to study at an independent school in the UK may be eligible for a Child Student visa instead.

If you are unsure as to which would be the right UK study visa route for you, or if you would appreciate further advice and guidance about the application process, please do not hesitate to make an enquiry with our Student visa UK solicitors. You can also call us, on 0208 215 0053.

You can undertake any of the below courses on this visa:

  • A full-time course leading to a qualification below degree level (RQF level 3, 4 or 5) with a minimum of 15 hours a week of organised daytime study
  • A full-time course leading to a qualification at degree level or above (RQF level 6, 7 or 8)
  • A full-time course at degree level or above (RQF level 6, 7 or 8) that is equivalent to a UK higher education course, and delivered as part of a broader course overseas
  • A part-time course leading to a qualification that is above degree level (RQF level 7 or above)
  • A recognised foundation programme for postgraduate doctors or scientists
  • An English language course at a minimum of level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

You also have the right to apply for the Student visa for the UK if you will be taking up a full-time elected position as a Student Union Sabbatical Officer.

For the study or research of sensitive topics at RQF level 7 or above, it may be necessary for you to obtain an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate.

The Home Office also accepts applications for the UK study visa from those who are sponsored to undertake a recognised foundation programme, and who have:

  • Finished a recognised UK medicine or dentistry degree
  • Received that degree from a registered student sponsor
  • Spent their final year – and a minimum of one other year –of studies leading to that degree in the UK

With regard to the Home Office’s UK Student visa financial requirements, it is expected that applicants will have sufficient money to pay their course fees, as well as to support themselves in the UK.

You will need to have enough money to pay your course fee for one academic year (up to nine months). The exact amount it will be necessary for you to pay will be stated on your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

If you need to show that you have enough money to support yourself as an applicant for the Student visa for the UK, the exact amount you will need will depend on the geographical location of your studies. You will require either:

  • £1,334 per month, for up to nine months, if your course is in London
  • £1,023 per month, for up to nine months, if your course is outside London

For these purposes, ‘London’ is defined as the City of London, and the 32 London boroughs.

Applicants who will be boarding at a residential independent school will be required to pay boarding fees instead. The amount they will be required to pay will be set out on their CAS.

Those who have already spent at least 12 months in the UK on a valid visa will not need to prove they have sufficient money for their course fees, or to support themselves, when applying for this visa.

What is a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)?

The term ‘Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies’, or CAS, refers to the reference number that your education provider will send to you after presenting you with an unconditioned offer for a place on their course. The education provider will need to be licensed as a student sponsor, in order to have the right to assign a CAS.

A CAS, then, is a virtual document that constitutes an official offer of a place on a course of study. Licensed student sponsors assign these documents using a secure IT system known as a Sponsorship Management System (SMS).

You will not be able to apply for a UK study visa until you have received a CAS from your education provider. The CAS shows mandatory information that the Home Office uses to determine whether an applicant has met the relevant Student visa UK requirements. This information also determines the work rights of the applicant, and whether they are entitled to bring dependants with them to the UK in the event that they are successful in their visa application.

As a candidate for the Student route visa for the UK, you will need to submit a CAS with your application. The CAS must not have been issued more than six months prior to the date you apply.

Would you like to learn more about how our experienced immigration solicitors can assist you in obtaining the Student visa for the UK? If so, you are welcome to make an enquiry with us.

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