The Tier 4 student visas allow you to study in the UK on a short or long-term basis depends upon length of your course or research. You need to apply for General student visa (Tier 4) to study in the UK if you're 16 or over. If you're under 18 then you need to apply for a Child student visa (Tier 4) to study in the UK. We deal with all types of UK student visas related applications including Short-term study visa, extension of student visa, switch into student visa and so on.

General Student visa (Tier 4)

The Tier 4 General student visa category is for those international students who wish to study in the UK and have been offered a place on a course in the UK. Tier 4 General is a point based category and points are awarded for Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) and Funds for Maintenance. You can apply for a Tier 4 General student visa to study in the UK if you are 16 or over and you are from a country that's not in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. If you are outside the UK, you can apply for entry clearance as a Tier 4 General Student from your country of nationality by submitting an entry clearance application to the British Embassy or High Commission.

Child Student visa (Tier 4)

The Tier 4 (Child) student category is for children coming to the UK to be educated between 4 and 17 years old. Children between 4 and 15 years old must be educated at independent fee-paying schools. It is not possible for a Tier 4 (Child) student to study at a publicly funded school. Tier 4 (Child) students may only study at a publicly funded Further Education College which is able to charge for International Students, and then only once they are aged 16 or 17 years old.

Student Visitor visa (Short-term study)

If you are an adult and you want to undertake a short course of study in the UK (such as a beginner's English Language course or a work-related training course), you might be able to come to the UK as a student visitor for short-term study. If you want to study a longer course, or you want to work (including on a work placement) alongside your studies, you should apply under Tier 4 (General) of the points-based system.

Switching into Tier 4 General student visa

You may be able to switch into a Tier 4 General student visa category, if you are in the UK under any of these visas or schemes: Tier 2 (General), Tier 2 (Intra-company transfer), Tier 2 (Minister of religion) or Tier 4 (Child). You should include any dependants who are on your current visa on your application to extend - including children who have turned 18 during your stay.

Extension of Tier 4 General student visa

You can apply to the Home Office, UKVI to extend your stay in the UK if you are already in the UK with a Tier 4 Student Visa. The UK Immigration Rules require that there should not be more than 28 days gap between the expiry of student's leave to remain in the UK and the start date of his new course. If there is more than 28 days gap between the expiry of your leave to remain as a student and the start date of your new course, you are required to leave the UK and apply for Tier 4 General Student Visa from your country of nationality by submitting an entry clearance application to the British Embassy or High Commission.

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Contact Rex Law Chambers, if you have any questions or need legal help with any UK immigration law related matter. At Rex Law Chambers, we specialise in a wide range of UK visas and nationality applications and our principal immigration lawyer has wealth of experience and expert knowledge to deal with all types of UK visas and immigration applications. He has successfully handled many complex and high-profile cases and also represented clients in their immigration matters.

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