Applying for a Tier 4 student visa can be tricky, especially if you only want to study a short course, or at an English language school. Fortunately, the Short-term Study visa is a much more convenient option: it allows you to enter the UK to study your course but doesn’t have English language, academic or interview requirements.Short-term Study Visa can be made by LEXVISA Solicitors
Short-term Study Visa – What Is It?
Short-term study visas are designed for people who want to come to the UK to study for a short period of time and are a great way of studying in the UK without meeting the requirements necessary for a Tier 4 student visa. There are three different short-term study visa routes that you can apply for, but which visa you are able to apply for will depend on the type of course that you want to study, your age, as well as the length of your course.
Short-term Study Visa – 6 months
The short-term study visa (6 months) route is available for visa nationals over 18 years old, who have an unconditional offer from an accredited institution for a course that is no more than 6 months. If you are studying a course overseas that is at least equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree, you will also be able to apply for the short-term study visa (6 months) in order to conduct research – or to learn how to conduct research – at a UK higher education institution.
Short-term Study Visa – 11 months
The short-term study visa (11 months) route is available for both visa and non-visa nationals over 18 years old, who have an unconditional offer to study an English language course at an accredited institution for no more than 11 months. You are able to stay in the UK for the full 11 months, or until the end of your course.
Short-term Study Visa – Children Under-18
Finally, the short-term study visa (child) route is available for children under the age of 18, who have an unconditional offer to study a course of no more than 6 months. Because of their age, children on this route have certain rules to take into account.
Meeting the Requirements for the Short-term Study visa.
All applicants of the short-term study visa routes will need to show that they have enough money to pay for their tuition, their accommodation, and their living expenses, as well as their return flight home. They are not able to work – whether paid, unpaid, or self-employed – and they will not be able to study at a state school. If you apply for the short-term study visa (11 months), then you will need to pay the immigration health surcharge. Also, people on short-term study visas will not be able to bring dependents (such as family members) to the UK with them.
Because of their age, short-term study (child) applicants will also need to have consent from their parents or guardians that they are allowed to travel and stay in the UK, and these arrangements will need to meet the UK standard. It is possible for a parent or guardian to accompany the child to the UK, and you can apply for an accompanied short-term study (child) visa if you wish to do this. If not, then you will need to apply for an unaccompanied short-term study (child) visa.
Using Legal Representation to Apply for Short-term Study Visa
Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on immigration law and your immigration status. It is possible to instruct an immigration and visa legal representative to submit a short-term study visa application.
Caseworkers at the Home Office are trained to reject applications which are improperly prepared for example by failing to provide the correct supporting evidence. In order to ensure your application succeeds, all necessary documents must be provided.
This can be a significant administrative task and you will need to submit the correct documentary evidence. The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your application meets the Immigration Rules.
Successful Short-term Study Visa Applications
Our team of solicitors and barristers are specialist immigration lawyers who act in your best interest. We offer a client-tailored approach from the outset. From the very first meeting, we will be able to advise you in respect of your immigration status and the merit of your visa and immigration application before your matter even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation of your immigration and visa application and ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.
We are based in the legal epicentre of London, just across the road from the Royal Courts of Justice in order to ensure we get the best results for our clients. We are minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.
Preparation is the key to successful immigration applications. Our UK immigration and visa solicitors are here to guide you through the complex immigration rules and requirements. If you wish to meet one of our lawyers, please call our Immigration Team so we can assess your case and arrange your legal consultation.
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