Under this category such visas are only for those looking to study a full time educational course in the UK. Our immigration team are highly experienced in dealing with such applications on behalf of prospective student entrants.
If you are over 16 years of age and you wish to study in the UK, here is some useful information on applying for a Tier 4 Student Visa:
Those wishing to apply for a Tier 4 (Student) Visa can do so at the earliest 3 months prior to the date their course of study is due to commence. Processing times for applications will vary dependant on the country you are applying from. Our Immigration team can guide and advise you with regards to this and your specific circumstances.
Individuals who have been being given an unconditional offer of a place on a course from a licensed Tier 4 sponsor will be sent a unique reference number known as a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) which you will need to enter as part of your visa application. You must apply for your Tier 4 Student Visa no more than 6 months after receiving your CAS. Please note only in certain situations can applicants applying from within the UK obtain a CAS.
Applicants who are successful in obtaining a Tier 4 (Student) Visa are permitted to enter the UK prior to the commencement of their course of study:
Once in the UK students are entitled to study and are permitted to gain work within most job criteria dependant on the type of sponsor and level of course they are studying. No applicants under a Tier 4 (Student) Visa are permitted to claim any public funds.
For those individuals who may seek to extend their stay in the future either to continue their course or study a new one, this may be possible so as long as you continue to meet the original criteria are remaining in the UK and have the necessary sponsorship in place. As with original applications this must be applied for no more than 6 months after obtaining a CAS and before the expiration of your current visa. Applicants who wish for dependant family members to join and remain with them may be able to do this but must satisfy specific criteria.
For further expert and professional advice and assistance in relation to Tier 4 (Student) Visas, including with regards to fees and charges, application processing times and the necessary requirements for extending your visa, please do not hesitate to contact our immigration team who are ready and able to help you.
Please be advised that Immigration Rules are always changing. Contact us for the latest help, advice and information with regards to your query.