Students from outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”) can study at a UK academic institution on a Tier 4 Student Visa, which is a Points Based System application under the Immigration Rules. In order to successfully apply for the visa, applicants must be offered a place on a course from an education provider who has a valid Tier 4 Sponsor Licence. The Tier 4 Sponsor must issue the Applicant a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (“CAS”) in order to make the Tier 4 Student Visa application and without a valid CAS, the application will be automatically refused. Applicants must also prove that they are genuine students and not just using this visa route to enter the UK for other reasons. It is important that Tier 4 applications are prepared correctly and clearly demonstrate that they have the required number of points. Therefore, instructing our Immigration Solicitors in London to prepare the application is vital as our in-depth document review process and detailed legal representations ensure each case has the best prospects of success. Please contact our team in order to first arrange a consultation with our specialists.
How long is a UK student visa valid for?
The UK Tier 4 Student Visa is valid for the duration of the course of study. Applicants can arrive in the UK before their course starts either up to 1 week before if the course duration is 6 months or less or up to 1 month before if the course duration is more than 6 months.
It is possible to extend the Tier 4 Student Visa in instances where the Applicant has successfully completed their Bachelor’s Degree and then they wish to gain their Master’s Degree. It is important that in applying for a new visa to study a new course they can show academic progression (i.e. Applicants cannot study 3 different Bachelor courses as they are the same degree level). Applicants can also apply for a new Student Visa if they can find a new course and are offered a valid CAS within the curtailment period in circumstances where their initial Tier 4 visa has been curtailed for whatever reason.
How much bank balance is required for UK student visa?
As with other Points Based System applications, Tier 4 Applicants need to get a certain amount of points for the Maintenance (funds) Requirement under the Immigration Rules Appendix C. The level of maintenance funds for a Tier 4 Student varies depending on where they will be studying, whether the education provider offers on campus accommodation (i.e. in London the required maintenance funds will be higher than the rest of the country) and the course subject. International students must also have sufficient funds available to pay the full course fees for an academic year, or for the entire course if it is less than a year. Calculating the exact level of funds requires an assessment of each Applicant’s individual circumstances and therefore our Immigration Solicitors in London will be happy to arrange a consultation to give tailored immigration advice.
Can I work in UK with student visa?
Yes, most Tier 4 students are allowed to work on their visas, however there are likely to be restrictions. The permitted working hours will be printed on the migrant’s Biometric Residence Permit (“BRP”). Usually, the maximum hours of work are 20 hours per week during term time which can increase during holiday time.
How much is a student visa to UK?
At the time of writing, it costs £348 to apply for the Tier 4 Student Visa and this must be done from outside the UK. It will also cost a further £348 per person for any dependants applying as part of the application.
Applicants and dependants are also liable to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (“IHS). The IHS fee is currently £400 for each year of the duration of the visa (i.e. a three year visa will be £1,200 in IHS). Applicants can use the IHS checker to confirm how much IHS will need to be paid and this is also automatically calculated at the time of payment (before the online Home Office application fee is paid). However, as we have previously posted, the Government has announced that this will be increasing from 1 October 2020.
Coronavirus update for UK Tier 4 Student Visa applications
UK Visas and Immigration is regularly updating its guidance in light of the COVID-19 restrictions around the world. At the time of writing, there are temporary policy concessions for Tier 4 Students and Sponsors. Some of the main concessions are as follows:
- Students do not need to report absences due to COVID-19;
- Sponsors do not need to withdraw their Tier 4 sponsorship if a student is unable to attend for more than 60 days due to Covid-19 but they intend to resume their studies;
- Sponsors can continue to sponsor existing Tier 4 students who are continuing their studies through distance learning, whether they are in the UK or another country;
- New international students who have not yet applied for the Tier 4 Student Visa but want to start a course, which will wholly be studied overseas by distance learning, do not require sponsorship under Tier 4. This is because they do not need to travel to the UK;
- Tier 4 Student Visa applications can still be made using a CAS that was previously issued where the start date of the course has changed or the CAS itself has expired;
- ID documents can now be submitted digitally as it is not conducive to public health advice to see the original documents at this time.
Using our Immigration Solicitors in London to submit a UK Tier 4 Student Visa Application
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 Tier 4 Student 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 UK Tier 4 Student visa 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 Tier 4 Student visa application meets the Immigration Rules.
Successfully apply for a UK Tier 4 Student Visa with our Immigration Solicitors in London
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 Tier 4 Student visa application before your matter even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation and submission of your Tier 4 Student 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. LEXVISA is just minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.
Preparation is the key to a successful application. 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.
Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02071830570 or complete our contact form.