The Tier 4 Student visa route under the Points Based System (PBS) is open to international students who wish to come to the UK to study and experience life and culture in the UK. The UK is seen as a popular destination for international students and is well respected for world class standards of teaching – four of the top six universities in the world are in the UK (2012 QS World University Rankings). Last year, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) published a report which revealed that international students bring in around £13bn to the UK’s economy and generate almost 70,000 jobs. In addition to this, recent statistics released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that the Home Office saw a rise in the number of applications for the university sector.
Our Immigration Team were recently instructed to represent a client, who was lawfully residing in the UK as a Tier 4 Student and wanted to extend his leave in the UK under this category. Our client had a long history of association with the UK including a number of student visas over the last 10 years. Our ImmigrationTeam prepared and submitted our client’s application with the requisite supporting documents and received news recently that he had been granted leave to remain. Our client is now intending to make an application for Indefinite Leave to Remain based on his long residency in the UK.
UK Tier 4 Student Visa: An Overview
International students from outside the EEA, can apply for a Tier 4 Student visa to study in the UK if they are over 16 and meet the eligibility requirements which include being offered a place on a course, having the ability to speak, read, write and understand English and having enough finances to support themselves and pay for the course.
Increase of Chinese Students Moving to London to Study in Art Schools
We reported last month that a record number of Chinese students were moving to London to study fashion, design, music and film with many of them then going on to setting up their own brand labels or working for some of the world’s best known fashion houses including Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Swarovski and Dior.
Min Wu, a former pupil of London College of Fashion grew up in Shanghai and completed a MA in Fashion Design and now has her own fashion label. She states:
“I chose London because it’s got the best fashion schools. I’ve been here three-and-a-half years. I think there’s a lot of good examples. People come here, do their fashion MA and they become designers. These fashion students really want to be one of them so they come here.”
Successful UK Tier 4 Student Visa Applications & Appeals
Our team of experienced and professionally qualified immigration solicitors and barristers will be able to guide you through the process of making a student visa application step by step and limit the possibility of failure by complying with the strict letter of law.
We also undertake a great deal of appeal work before the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal and have a successful track record of successful results for our clients. We have the experience and the knowledge required to take your case forward successfully. If you have had a student visa refused, contact us to discuss your case so that we can provide you with a case assessment.
Contact us so that we can review your case and provide you with an assessment.