UK Tier4 Student Visa
A points-based system was also introduced for international
students wanting to study in the UK. The Tier 4 visa replaces the old
UK Study visa.
To apply for the UK Student Visa (Tier 4 - UK Study Visa), students will
require a university or other qualified UK educational institution to
sponsor them. Students are also required to score points in order to be
accepted as an international student in the UK.
Students coming in to the UK on a student visa will be allowed to work
for 20 hours a week during his/her course of study and 40 hours a week
during his / her holidays. The student visa is valid till the end of completion
of applicant's course.
There are five types of student visas under the
Tier 4 points based system
Adult student UK Student Visa (Tier 4 - UK Study
Visa) - This category is for students coming to the UK for post-16 education
Student Visitor UK Student Visa (Tier 4 - UK Study Visa) - Visitors
over 18 years wanting to do a 6 month course in the UK can apply under
this category. However, they cannot work nor can they switch into the
student visa category while they are in the UK
Child student UK Student Visa (Tier 4 - UK Study Visa) - Students
between the age of 4 -17 can come to the UK to be educated at an independent-fee
Child Visitor UK Student Visa (Tier 4 - UK Study Visa) - This category
is for applicants who are 17 years and over, wanting to do a 6-month course
in the UK. However, they cannot work nor can they switch into the student
visa category while they are in the UK.
Prospective Student UK Student Visa (Tier 4 - UK Study Visa) -
This category is for applicants who want to come into the UK to decide
which course to study or to plan a course of study within six months.
Applicants are allowed to switch into an adult or child student visa category.
Adult Student Visa
Students wanting to study a course NQV level 3 or higher
in the UK can apply for the UK Student Visa (Tier 4 - UK Study Visa).
To be eligible to apply for the student visa, the applicant needs to meet
40 points on the following criteria
- Sponsorship from approved
- 30 points will be granted if the student obtains an offer from a college
or university eligible to sponsor. University and colleges should obtain
a license to teach international students in the UK. Students should
check if the college is on the Tier 4 register of sponsors to earn points.
- Maintenance Funds
- 10 points are awarded to students who show that they have sufficient
funds to cover their course fees and monthly living costs.
The applicant should possess qualifications equivalent to National Qualification
Framework (NQF) in the UK education system
The applicant should have a proven track record of his studies before
reaching the UK.
Educational institutions offering courses to overseas
students will need to attain the status of approved sponsors. To do so
they need to demonstrate that they are bona fide establishments, rather
than non-accredited or purely commercial operations.
Certificates of sponsorship act as verification from a college or university
that students making UK visa applications will abide by the rules and
requirements of their course. Educational institutions will also be obliged
to report non-enrolment and non-attendance
Basic features of the UK Student Visa (Tier 4 -
UK Study Visa)
- Foreign students can gain recognised
qualifications from reputable and government approved universities and
colleges in the UK
- Applications can switch from
one course to another at the same time, without submitting a new application.
- Students can undertake limited
employment during their study
- Students can switch into categories
like Tier 2 and other categories upon successful completion, without
leaving the UK
- UK Student Visa (Tier 4 - UK
Study Visa) can be extended if the course of study is over 4 years
- Dependents of student visa holders
can migrate to the UK
- Dependents are granted a visa
for the same length of time as the applicant
The duration of the UK Student Visa (Tier 4 - UK Study
Visa) would depend on the length of course undertaken
- If the applicant is pursuing
a graduate course or above he is permitted to stay for full length of
the course, up to 4 years.
- If the course the applicant
has undertaken is longer than 4 years then he/she can apply for UK visa
extension to complete the course.
- If the applicant is pursuing
an undergraduate course he/she will be allowed to stay for a period
of 3 years.
The applicant who is a child student can stay in the UK will be shortest
of the following
- Period of time child asks
- Full length of the course
- The maximum time the applicant
can be allowed ( six years for applicants below 16 years and 2 years
for applicants aged 16 or 17)
Applicants can bring their dependents provided they are
married partners and demonstrate that they have sufficient funds to meet
their maintenance requirement with out having recourse to public funds.
Dependents are granted a visa for the same length of time as the applicant.
There is no provision for dependents to migrate to the UK when the applicant
is a child student.
Work Rights under the UK Student Visa (Tier 4 -
UK Study Visa)
The maximum amount of part-time work you can do during
term time is:
- 20 hours per week if you are
studying a course at or above UK degree level or a foundation degree
course, and/or if you made your Tier 4 (General) application on or before
2 March 2010; or
- 10 hours per week if you are
studying a course that is below UK degree level and is not a foundation
degree course, and you made your Tier 4 (General) application on or
after 3 March 2010.
On the UK Student Visa (Tier 4 - UK Study Visa), applicants
cannot be self-employed, provide services as a professional sports person
or entertainer or conduct business.
Switching Visa Categories
The UK Student Visa (Tier 4 - UK Study Visa) is a non-immigrant
visa category and will not lead to British Naturalization or UK citizenship.
Once the student completes their course of study, eligible applicants
can stay on in the UK by switching to the Tier 1 Post Study work visa
or Tier 1 visa or Tier 2 visa.
The applicant will be able to change from one course to another at the
same establishment without submitting a new application
The applicant can switch to Adult student category provided he/she has
been previously given permission to stay in the UK as Post study worker,
skilled worker (tier2 general, intra company transfer (tier 2) minister
religion (), child student (tier 4), prospective student, student, student
re appearing for examinations, student nurses, student union sabbatical
officer, work permit holder, a post graduate doctor or dentist and participant
in science and engineering graduate scheme.
Application Fees for UK Student Visa (Tier 4 -
UK Study Visa)
Inside the United Kingdom by post - £357
Inside the United Kingdom at a Public Enquiry Office (PEO) - £650
Outside the United Kingdom - £220
MAINTENANCE FUNDS FOR UK STUDENT VISA (TIER 4 -
UK STUDY VISA)
The applicants of UK Student Visa (Tier 4 - UK Study
Visa) can be sponsored by a financial sponsor who may be home government
of the applicant, the British council, any international organization,
company, university. The duration stay of the applicant in this case will
be at the discretion of the sponsor. If the applicant is sponsored for
part of the study then he/she needs to show sufficient funds to meet rest
of their expenses.