Studying in the UK

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If you are interested in studying in the UK, Latitude Law specialises in providing legal advice to migrants. Our lawyers have in-depth knowledge on all aspects of the student or short-term visa options for students and can help you successfully apply to study in the UK.

To apply to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a Student visa through the government’s Points Based System. There are numerous types of Student visa that you can apply for depending on your age and how long you plan on studying for in the UK.

To speak to one of our solicitors about the options for studying in the UK and how to make a successful application, call us today on 0300 131 6767 or complete our enquiry form and we will get straight back to you.

Options for studying in the UK

General Student Visa

For students who are 16 or over, you can apply for a General Student visa. To qualify, you require the following:

  • A conditional offer on a course with a licensed sponsor
  • The ability to speak, read, write and understand English up to a certain level (level B2 in the CEFR (Common European Framework for languages) for higher education) – you may be required to take a test
  • Enough money to support you and pay for your studies. The figure required for this will depend on whether you are studying inside or outside of London. If you have been in the UK for at least 12 months on the date of your application, you should automatically meet this requirement and will not need to show funds. 

 If your application is successful, you’ll be eligible to arrive in the UK one month before your course commences, providing the duration is longer than 6 months.

Child Student Visa

For children aged between 4 and 17 years old, a parent or guardian can apply for a Child Student visa on their behalf. To qualify for this type of visa, the child must have a place at an educational establishment with a sponsor licence.

Furthermore, it is required that the parent can demonstrate they have sufficient funds to pay the outstanding course fees for one academic year and support their child’s living costs in the UK.

Short-Term Study Visa

If you have a place on a short course of study, such as an English language training course, you can apply for a Short-Term Study visa which is valid for up to 11 months. Your course provider must be an accredited institution and you will need to provide evidence that you have sufficient funds to pay your course fees, maintain and accommodate yourself during your time in the UK. 

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Immigration options after graduating

There are several options to consider if wishing to remain in the UK beyond graduation:

  • Further study – to study further in the UK, a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) is required from a student sponsor. It is also likely that students will need to comply with an academic progression requirement. A Student visa can only be held for a maximum of 5 years.
  • Graduate Route – this route is open to all international students who have completed an eligible course at Bachelor’s degree level of above. Graduates will receive permission to remain in the UK for a maximum of 2 years, unless they have completed a PhD, in which case 3 years will be granted.
  • Skilled Worker visa – if a student is offered suitably skilled employment, a switch to a Skilled Worker visa may be possible. This route can lead to settlement after holding this visa lawfully for 5 years.
  • Innovator Founder visa - this route is suitable for graduates who have an innovative, viable, and scalable business idea which is supported by an endorsing body approved by the Home Office. If successful, individuals can receive permission to remain for an initial period of 3 years. You may be able to apply for further leave to remain or settlement once you’ve been in the UK for 3 years.
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How we can help

The expert solicitors at Latitude Law can provide expert advice on all aspects of all types of Student visa applications and options for remaining in the UK post-graduation. We can provide detailed guidance about the requirements or prepare the entire application alongside a detailed representation document explaining how the relevant rules are met. Our experts can also provide assistance in applications to switch to a Student visa from another category or apply for further leave.

Why choose Latitude Law?

Latitude Law has significant experience of preparing successful Student visa applications. Thanks to our extensive knowledge of the Immigration Rules, we are able to provide pragmatic advice and meet our clients’ needs; we can advise you with confidence and ensure the entire immigration procedure runs smoothly and efficiently for you.

Working with a law firm can be a big decision which is why we ensure that our clients are at the heart of everything we do. We are a highly driven team that is dedicated to providing clear and reliable immigration advice.

As a boutique law firm specialising in UK-inbound immigration, our experts understand the complexity and uncertainty that constantly shifting visa and residence policies create for students and those looking to live and work here in the UK after graduation. Our lawyers can provide up-to-the-minute legal advice on how any changes will impact your application.

We are pleased to be recognised as a leading law firm by the following independent bodies: The Times Best Law Firms 2024, Chambers & Partners 2024, Legal 500 2024 and Who'sWhoLegal 2024. These endorsements from the international legal directories demonstrate our integrity and success in dealing with difficult cases. We are also proud of our 5-star Google reviews from over 150 satisfied clients.

Call us today on 0300 131 6767 or fill out our enquiry form and we will get straight back to you. Let our legal experts take the uncertainty out of your Student visa application so you can start your successful journey towards studying in the UK today.

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Contact us

As there are various student routes available to study in the UK, you should seek specialist advice from an immigration solicitor before you proceed with an application. Latitude Law’s specialist lawyers can advise you about your individual requirements and ensure that your supporting documentation is compliant with the very latest immigration rules.

Get in touch with our legal team today on 0300 131 6767 or fill out our enquiry form and we will get straight back to you. Face your future knowing you have the dedicated support of one of our expert lawyers.

Our other relevant visa services

Graduate Route

The graduate immigration route provides those who have completed their higher education course at a UK institution with the opportunity to stay and work, or look for work in the UK, immediately following graduation.

Child Student Visa

The Child Student visa is available to 4-17 year-olds who wish to study at an independent school in the UK. The intended course of study must meet various requirements, and the applicant may also need to satisfy financial provisions. Consent from the applicant’s parent or guardian will also need to be provided.

Short-Term Study Visa

The Short Term study visa is for those aged 16 and above who wish to come to the UK for a period of between six and eleven months to study the English language.

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