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UK TIER 4 STUDENT VISAS – TIER 4 ADULT STUDENT – TIER 4 CHILD STUDENT

 

This is for those wishing to study in the UK. Tier 4 (General) and Tier 4 (Child) Students have to be sponsored by a college or a school which has been granted a Tier 4 Sponsor licence by the UKBA.

 

TIER 4 (GENERAL) STUDENT

 

The necessary points in order to obtain this type of visa are awarded to applicants seeking entry clearance on the basis of their "Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies" which is issued by the applicant's sponsoring education provider (i.e. the college or university).

Students are not required to score points for command of the English language but must be proficient in English to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference if they are studying at degree level or above, or to level B1 if they are studying at below degree level.

There are strict requirements to obtain the necessary points for maintenance, especially if the student's course of study is in inner London.

This visa is issued to successful student applicants for the duration of the course, with a flexible period of additional leave for the period before the course. Applicants are allowed to apply for further leave to remain in the UK, but from 6 April 2012 the maximum amount of time for which a person may spend studying at degree level as a Tier 4 (General) migrant has been fixed at five years, with some minor exceptions.

 

TIER 4 (CHILD) STUDENT

 

This is for applicants who are under 18 years of age only. They must be studying at a fee paying independent school. For other applicants the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies will itself provide the required 30 points for attributes.

Children under the age of 16 will be granted up to six years' leave to remain in the UK or the duration of the course, plus one month before the course starts and one month after it ends. For children aged 16 or over the maximum period of leave granted is two years.

If children are to be looked after by a foster carer or a relative in the UK instead of by their parents the arrangements for their care must meet the requirements for their care which are published in the UKBA's guidance.



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