UK Tier 4 (General) student Visa
What Is A UK Tier 4 (General) student Visa?
If you are in the extremely unfortunate position of being unable to remain in, or return to, your own country due to fear of persecution, you may be eligible to apply for asylum in the UK.
To qualify for a UK Tier 4 (General) student Visa you must:
- Be aged 16 years and over
- Be from a country that is not part of the EEA / Switzerland
- Be able to speak, read, write and understand English
- Have access to sufficient funds to pay for your education
- Have access to sufficient funds to support yourself and any dependents you have with you in the UK
- Meet other eligibility criteria
UK Tier 4 (General) student Visa – How Long Can You Stay
On a Tier 4 (General) student Visa you can:
- Apply from either inside or outside the UK
- Apply to extend your stay
- Work as a sabbatical officer for a student union
- Do most types of jobs depending on the level of your course and your sponsor
- Apply to bring dependants to the UK with you subject to meeting certain stringent conditions which are outlined here
A Tier 4 (General) student Visa will NOT allow you to:
- Attend a maintained school ie a local authority-funded school
- Attend an academy
- Apply for public funding
- Accept certain types of jobs ie sports coach, professional sportsperson
Extending Or Switching To A UK Tier 4 (General) Student Visa
If you want to stay in the UK longer to study a new course or continue your current course you can apply to extend your visa. However, you must still meet the eligibility requirements for the visa and you must be in the UK.
If you’re already in the UK on any of the following visas you may be able to switch to a UK Tier 4 (General) student Visa.
- Tier 1 (Post-study work)
- Tier 2 (General)
- Tier 2 (Intra-company transfer)
- Tier 2 (Minister of religion)
- Tier 4 (Child)
- Student (under the rules in place before 31 March 2009)
- Student re-sitting an examination
- Student nurse
- Students writing up a thesis
- Student union sabbatical officer
- Work permit holder
- Postgraduate doctor or dentist
- Science and Engineering Graduates Scheme
- International Graduates Scheme
- Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme
To extend your visa or switch from another visa you will need to apply
- Within 6 months of receiving your confirmation of acceptance (CAS) for studies and
- Within the 3 months prior to your current visa expiring (no earlier).
You will be able to remain in the UK until a decision is made about your application. You must also include all dependants on your current visa, including any children who have turned 18 whilst you’ve been in the UK.
Help With Your UK Tier 4 (General) student Visa Application Process
Even if the process of applying for a Tier 4 (General) student Visa seems reasonably straightforward we always recommend contacting an experienced UK immigration professional who can provide you with more information and advice about your application. Just to be on the safe side. A service like ……………………….can
- Provide you with a UK based contact with which to liase
- Go through your application with you and provide a detailed review of the strengths and weaknesses of your application.
- Help with the compilation of the supporting documents you need to submit as per the UK Tier 4 (General) student Visa document checklist.
Once we’ve sorted out all the documents and paperwork you need to provide as part of the UK Tier 4 (General) student Visa application process, we can also
- Professionally prepare, complete and lodge your visa application for you. That way you’ll know it’s been done professionally, completely and complies with UK immigration laws. This will give you the best possible chance of succeeding in your application to immigrate to the UK to live and work.
- Provide you with 24/7 access to an online case management system that will allow you to keep track of your visa application progress.