Wherever your education takes you, we can help
Our lawyers will provide straightforward, realistic advice on every stage of applying for your Tier 4 Student Visa under the points-based system. We are able to either complete the application process for you or simply advise on relevant content and documentation. All application costs are fixed so you can be assured from the outset of our service costs.
Important things to consider:
- There are different courses which are eligible for you to do under a Tier 4 Student Visa. This includes a full-time course leading to a qualification at least level six or three on the Ofqual register. Plus, it needs to include at least 15 hours per week of organised daytime study. Also, an overseas course of degree level study or a recognised foundation programme as a postgraduate doctor or dentist.
- You can arrive in the UK up to one week before your course starts if it lasts six months or less. However, you can arrive one month before if your course lasts more than six months. How long you can stay depends on the kind, of course, you’re doing and what study you’ve already completed.
- During the application process, you’ll need to successfully pass the security clearance. This includes biometric information such as your fingerprints and a photo. Furthermore, you may also need to have an Interview with Entry Clearance Officers.
Support and guidance with every stage
When applying for a Student Visa (Tier 4) there are specific requirements you must meet to be eligible. You must have 40 points in total; 10 points for funds and 30 points for a Valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from a licenced sponsor. You shoud also have had an unconditional offer on a course with a licenced Tier 4 sponsor.
Additionally, you’ll need to meet the requirements to speak, read and write English and be a national of a country that’s not in the European Economic Area or Switzerland. Finally, you need to be financially self-sufficient and be able to support yourself and pay for your course. Our solicitors will advise on the amount because it is dependant on your course.
In order to apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa there are certain documents that you need. This includes;
- A current passport or other valid travel documentation
- Evidence that you can support yourself and pay for your course – varies depending on your circumstances.
- Proof of parental or other legal guardian consent if you’re under 18.
- Proof of your relationship with your parent or guardian.
- Your tuberculosis test results if you’re from a country where you have to take the test.
Kidwells advise that individuals consider making applications as early as three months before the course starts. The expected processing time is approximately three weeks. This is because the application is strict and complex and you need time to ensure completion is accurate. Our solicitors give you advice on how we can support your application based on your circumstances. We will help with amendments and additional information and we can draft and submit your application to the Home Office.
When applying it’s important to enter a reference number sent by your education provider called a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) on your visa application. We will also make sure you are clear on your entitlement to enter the UK prior to your course starting.
Before applying it’s important to understand that you can;
- work as a student union officer
- apply from inside or outside the UK
- apply to extend your stay
- work (N.B although there are restrictions depending on your course and what sponsorship you have).
- You may be able to apply to bring in family members (dependants). This includes your husband, wife or civil partner. Also, your unmarried or same-sex partner and your child under 18 years old – including if they were born in the UK during your stay. You can only do this if you can show that you can support them financially without resource to public funds.
However, it’s equally important to understand what you can’t do. You cannot get public funds, work as a professional sportsperson or study at an academy or a local authority-funded school.
If the Home Office refuses your application for a student visa we can help you apply for either Administrative or Judicial Review. This depends on the reasons for refusal. From the 2nd March 2015, there is no longer the right of appeal under the Points Based System. However, there are exceptions under very limited circumstances. Therefore, it is important that you ask advise to ensure your application is correct.