If you wish to apply for a visa in this category then our team at Hunter Stone Law will be able to guide and assist you throughout every step of the process. In order to qualify for this visa you would have to meet the requirement of the relevant section of the Immigration Rules. However we have attempted to simplify the requirements below.
You can apply for the Tier 4 (Child) student visa if you’re aged between 4 and 17 and you want to study in the UK.
You should also:
Your age and the length of your course of study will affect how long you can stay.
If you’re under 16 then you will be granted a visa for the length of your course (up to 6 years) plus 4 months afterwards.
If you’re aged 16 or 17 then you will be granted a visa for the length of your course (up to 3 years) plus 4 months afterwards.
You can arrive in the UK:
You must have:
You can do a course that’s taught in line with:
You can do pre-sessional study, ie a short course to prepare you for your main course.
You can also do a course that’s accepted as being at the same academic level as the:
Confirmation of acceptance of studies
Your education provider will send you a reference number called a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) once they’ve offered you a place on a course. You’ll need to enter this on your application. Your CAS can cover both the pre-sessional course and your main course of study. You must apply for your visa no later than 6 months after you’re sent the CAS.
Documents you must provide
When you apply you’ll need to provide:
You will also need to provide the following:
Applying for a Tier 4 (Child) visa
If you’re applying outside the UK then you must apply online for a Tier 4 (Child) visa. You’ll need to have your fingerprints and photograph (known as ‘biometric information’) taken at a visa application centre as part of your application.
Apply in the UK
You can only extend your existing visa or switch to this visa if you’re already in the UK.
Extend your visa
You may be able to apply to extend your stay in the UK under a Tier 4 (Child) visa. You should apply before your current visa expires.
You should apply during the last 3 months of your current permission to stay and no later than 6 months after your confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) has been assigned.
Switch to this visa
You may be able to change (‘switch’) from another visa to a Tier 4 (Child) visa. You should apply before your current visa expires.
Eligibility to switch to this visa
You can apply to switch into this category if you’re a:
You should apply during the last 3 months of your current permission to stay and no later than 6 months after your confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) has been assigned. You must already be in the UK to apply.
What you can and can’t do
You can also work, if you’re 16 or over: