Short-term Study Visa – a visa category for someone intending to do a short course of study in the UK such as English language course or to do a short period of research as part of a degree course.
Sole Representative Visa – a visa category with the purpose to allow an individual representative of an overseas business to enter the UK in order to establish and run a registered branch of the business or wholly-owned subsidiary of the business in the UK.
Sole Responsibility – prior to a UK based parent bringing a child into the UK to live with them they must prove that they have ‘sole responsibility’ over the child consisting of legal responsibility, financial responsibility and emotional responsibility.
Sponsor Licence –Tier 2 and Tier 5 businesses and education providers who wish to sponsor a migrant for work or study must first have a sponsor licence.
Sponsorship Management System (SMS) – The SMS is a portal for Tier 2 and Tier 5 sponsors as well as student sponsors. It allows them to apply for the sponsor licence, sponsor new migrants, monitor existing migrants and keep up to date with compliance duties.
Spouse Visa – The non-EEA national spouses and civil partners of British or settled people can apply to join their spouse or civil partner to live in the UK.
Start-up Visa – Replaced the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa. The Start-up Visa is for individuals who wish to set up a business in the UK and they first require an endorsement from an endorsing body.
Standard Visitor Visa – Allows non-EEA nationals to come to the UK for a period up to 6 months for a range of reasons such as leisure, business, to take part in sport or creative events, or to receive private medical treatment.
Student Visa – a visa category for international students (including EEA nationals from 1 January 2021) who have been offered a place on a course at an academic institution in the UK who has a student sponsor licence.