Student Visas – Tier 4

There are two student categories under Tier 4 of the points-based system. Both categories must meet the full requirements of the Immigration Rules and must have a total of 40 points. 30 points are awarded for valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from a fully licensed Tier 4 sponsor and 10 points are awarded for maintenance or funds (having enough money to cover course fees and monthly living costs).

Before making an application, it is important that you determine if an education institution is a fully licensed Tier 4 sponsor from the register of sponsors. A list of these sponsors can be found on the Home Office website which provides you the name, location and rating of the institutions.

Individuals who wish to apply for a UK visit visa may do so by applying for ‘entry clearance’ before entering the UK.

Generally an applicant applying for this visa will need to show details of their travel plans, accommodation and evidence that they can support themselves during their stay.

It is worth noting that the purpose of the visit visa is for applicants who primarily wish to visit the UK, if an individual wishes to reside in the UK for long periods of time, they should consider applying under an alternative visa route.

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