Record number of Tier 4 Student visas issued by the Home Office

There was a record-breaking number of Tier 4 Student visas issued last year by the Home Office resulting in a 5% increase in Tier 4 Student visa applications made by overseas students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). The increase in the number of Tier 4 Student visa applications came as a massive surprise as Tier 4 institutions had feared that the Home Offices’ stringent immigration policies and Statement of Changes would deter potential international students from choosing to study in the UK.

Interest in Tier 4 Student Visas rapidly increasing

The Home Office published a Statement of Changes to their Immigration Rules last year in March and as a result, it was predicted that the changes would discourage overseas Tier 4 Students from applying to study in the UK. Critics feared that the tough immigration policies would deter international students from studying in the UK. However, despite the introduction of the Statement of Changes, there was a record-breaking number of Tier 4 Student visas issued last year resulting in a 5% increase in applications made by overseas students.

In contrary, there was a small reduction of UCAS applications from EU member state countries as it is unclear what provisions will be put in place for European students’ post-Brexit.

Apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa to the UKVI with confidence

Our team of expert solicitors comprising of both solicitors and barristers are regularly instructed on Tier 4 Student visa applications.  In order to apply for a Tier 4 Student visa, Applicants must meet the requirements paragraph 245 of the Immigration Rules.  In addition to the Immigration rules, Applicants must also be aware of the Home Office Policy Guidance on Tier 4 Student visa applications. To apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa the following requirements must be met:

  • Applicants must be 16 years of age or above and have an unconditional offer from a Tier 4 institution who holds a Tier 4 Sponsor Licence;
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they can accommodate and maintain themselves in the UK (Read the guide and appendix for the full list of documents and how much money you’ll need); and
  • Applicants must meet the English language requirement.

Despite the recent changes relating to Tier 4 Student visa applications, our expert immigration team have a proven method of submitting successful Tier 4 Student Visa applications.

Tier 4 Student Visa Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS)

Once an accredited Tier 4 institution has offered an Applicant a place to study at their institution, the institution should then send the Applicant a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) Reference number. Applicants will not be able to apply for a Tier 4 Student visa without a CAS number and must apply within 6 months of receiving a CAS number. In a scenario where an Applicant has already studied in the UK in the past, an Applicant must ensure that a new CAS reference number is issued. There are a number of points which would then need to be clarified in the CAS such as what level the qualification is and whether the Applicant will be studying for a new qualification or repeating previous modules/exams.

Using Legal Representation to Submit a 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.

Successful Tier 4 Student 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 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.


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