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Student Visa | Tier 4 Visa for Students

UK Tier 4 Student Visa Section - Under this section we will cover the Tier 4 Student Visa criteria. Book a consultation using our online systemOur UK Immigration Lawyers will provide you with sound, legal advice in relation to your application as a student. 

General UK Student Visa

As a student when deciding to enter the UK, under a Tier 4 Student Visa you are required to find a University or a UK Educational Institution listed on the register of sponsors. You also need to score enough points to be accepted as an International student in the UK. The following table is how the points system works for Tier 4:

  1. PROVIDE THE CERTIFICATE OF ACCEPTANCE OF STUDIES -     SCORING 30 POINTS.

  2. QUALIFYING UNDER THE MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS -       SCORING 10 POINTS.

The current system grants Student Visas for an initial period which varies dependant on the length of the course. In general, a Tier 4 Student can stay in the UK for the length of the course plus 4 months (for courses lasting one year or more) or one or two months (for courses between six months and a year). For shorter courses, International Students are only granted a week to stay in the UK once the course has finished.

Restrictions and Employment

Students who are in a course at or above NQF 6/QCF 6/SCQF 9 at a UK Higher Education Institution (HEI) are allowed to:

  • work for up to 20 hours per week during term time;

  • work full-time during vacations;

  • do a work placement as part of your course;

  • work as a postgraduate doctor or dentist on a recognised Foundation Programme.

If you are on a course below this level at a UK Higher Education Institution, you are allowed to:

  • work for up to 10 hours per week during term time;

  • do a work placement as part of your course;

  • work full-time during vacations.

However you are on a course at any level at a publicly funded further education college, you are generally allowed to:

  • work for up to 10 hours per week during term time;

  • work full-time during vacations;

  • do a work placement as part of your course, provided your education provider is a Highly Trusted sponsor or the course is at or above NQF 6/QCF 6/SCQF 9.

After your course is completed, you can use the remainder of your leave as time to look for work in the UK, so you can transition into another visa category if you wish. Otherwise, you must leave the UK once the Student Visa period ends.

Dependents

In most circumstances under a full time course, as a Tier 4 Student you can bring a Dependent Partner or Child (under dependent visas) with you, for the duration of your studies. Although you are required to show that you have the sufficient funds to provide for them.

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Who can qualify for the Tier 4 Student Visa?

Any person can apply for a Student Visa who has got an unconditional offer of a place in a diploma / degree / post graduation course in a recognized college or University in the UK. Ideally as part of the Tier 4 Genuine Test, you need to establish a link between your existing studies / work experience with the diploma / degree / post graduation course to be taken in the UK.

Duration of the Tier 4 Student Visa

You are normally issued a visa for the complete duration of course; however the you can always apply for an extension of visa while remaining within the UK, if it is not the case. You can apply to extend your Tier 4 Student Visa in the UK and this can be done on the same day. Click here to view the list of services we provide for your Tier 4 Student Visa application. 

Right to appeal and when the applications are refused

The Tier 4 Student Visa application does not come with a direct right to appeal, instead you will be able to submit an administrative review, to challenge the decision. Click here to read more information in challenging Tier 4 student visa decisions. Do note you may be able take other remedies, although this is something we can go through with you. Do make contact with one of our Legal Representatives. 

Work allowed under the Tier 4 Student Visas

Tier 4 Students having leave to remain for more than 6 months are allowed to work part time (20 Hours a week) during the duration of the course. They can also work for more than 20 hours per week during term time unless the student`s placement is part of the studies, has been agreed with your education institution and leads to a degree or qualification awarded by a nationally recognised examining body.

Activities allowed under the Tier 4 student visa

As a Tier 4 Student you are not normally allowed to engage yourself in Business or Self-Employment without seeking permission from the Home Office. In addition, you cannot legally become a partner / sole proprietor / Director in a business. Also to note a Tier 4 Student is not allowed to work as a Professional Entertainer / Sportsperson or to take a full time permanent employment without seeking permission from the Home Office.

Change of courses or institutions

A Tier 4 Student can always change the course or educational institution however, this may need to be via a new application process. 

Extending your leave to remain as a Tier 4 Student

Students can always apply for an extension of visa while remaining within the UK; they need to show any progress of studies undertaken till that time and evidence of availability of finances to support their studies. The maximum period of time that a student can stay in the UK on short courses one after the other, below degree level, is two years.

A person seeking to take a short term course would be given max. six months visa and he would be requried to leave the UK at the end of that visa. If he wishes to seek part-time employment or extend their stay in the UK will require prior entry clearance as a student. Any period as a student visitor will be counted as a period spent as a visitor.

Bringing Partners and Children as Dependants under the Tier 4 Student Visa

Students can always invite their Spouse/Children to join them as their dependants during the time of their course provided they could support their families without recourse to public funds and their leave to remain is for more than 6 months. The Spouse will be allowed to work if the student is given leave to enter / remain in the UK for 12 months or more.

Switching into the Tier 4 student visas

You can switch in to the adult student category if you have, or were last given, permission to stay in the following categories:

  • skilled worker (Tier 2 General);

  • intra-company transfer (Tier 2);

  • minister of religion (Tier 2);

  • child student (Tier 4);

  • prospective student;

  • student;

  • student re-sitting an examination;

  • student nurses; 

  • students writing up a thesis;

  • student Union sabbatical officer;

  • work permit holder;

  • a postgraduate doctor or dentist;

  • participant in the SEGS;

  • participant in the IGS;

  • participant in the FT: WISS;

Switching into another UK Visa category

As a Tier 4 Student Visa holder you can switch in to another UK Visa category however you will need to review specifically surrounding the requirements. Please speak to one of our advisors today on 0207 237 3388 or complete our visa assessment form, by clicking here. 100% assurance on the advice provided by our UK Immigration Lawyers. Get your Tier 4 Student Visa extended today. 

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