How do I apply to study in the UK?
To apply to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a Tier 4 Visa through the government’s Points Based System. There are numerous types of visa that you can apply for depending on your age and how long you plan on studying for in the UK.
Tier 4 (General) Student Visa
For students who are 16 or over, you can apply for a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa. To qualify, you require the following:
- A conditional offer on a course with a licensed Tier 4 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. Tier 4 visa applicants are usually eligible for student finance for their tuition fees, but grants for maintenance and living costs are usually restricted to EU nationals
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.
Tier 4 (Child) Student Visa
For children aged between 4 and 17 years old, a parent or guardian can apply for a Tier 4 (child) visa on their behalf. To qualify for this type of visa, the child must have a place at an educational establishment with a Tier 4 sponsor licence.
Furthermore, it’s required that the parent can demonstrate they have adequate funds to support their child throughout their duration in the UK. Where a child is placed with a UK resident carer, the carer must have a minimum of £560 per month to support the child, whereas if a child under 12 is accompanied by a parent or guardian, they must demonstrate £1,535 for each month they remain in the UK.
Short-term Study Visa
If you have a place on a short course of study, such as an English language course or training course, you can apply for a Short-term Study Visa valid for up to 11 months if you’re studying English. This type of visa covers you if you wish to conduct research in the UK as part of a degree you are studying abroad.
Why choose Latitude Law?
Our immigration lawyers have years of experience helping clients prepare and apply for student visas, so you are free to focus on preparing for your move to the UK. Our expertise means we’re able to tackle any case to get you a positive result.
We will keep you updated on proceedings, ensuring you are aware of what options are available to you and what is the best course of action you should take. Once you have secured your place, we are also available to answer any questions you might have about life in the UK or to help you should you need an extension to your Tier 4 visa or change your status.