For those from outside of the UK, a visa is needed in order to study in the UK. There are a number of requirements which you must meet before you make your application.
Coming to the UK to study offers not just the chance of obtaining a good education, but the opportunity to experience life in a different country. UK schools and universities are among the best in the world and offer students a sound basis for their future careers.
At Halliday Reeves, we can complete the visa application process on your behalf. We understand how important it is to make a successful application, including putting together the necessary supporting documentation and ensuring that you are able to show that you have sufficient points to qualify under the new points-based immigration system.
Our firm specialises in immigration and nothing else, meaning we have an in-depth understanding of the system. To speak to one of our expert immigration lawyers, ring us on 0330 133 7777, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in our Contact Form and we will discuss your situation with you. Our first 15-minute consultation with you is free of charge.
Obtaining a UK student visa
You need to be aged at least 16 to secure a student visa in your own right, and if you are 16 or 17, you will also need your parents’ consent.
You must be competent in English.
It is a visa application requirement that you have been offered a place on a full-time or part time course by an educational establishment that has been licensed to sponsor overseas students.
You will also need to be able to provide evidence that you have sufficient funds to both pay for the course and support yourself.
The course must be one that qualifies you to request a visa. Contact us to check whether a course qualifies for a Student Visa.
The points-based system of visa application
To obtain a Student visa, applicants must have a total of at least 70 points under the points-based immigration system.
10 points will be awarded for showing that you have sufficient funds, to a specified level, to pay for your course and support yourself throughout its duration.
10 points will be awarded for English language proficiency
50 points will be awarded for your offer of a place on a qualifying course.
Bringing dependants under a tier 4 student visa
Only certain students can bring dependants to the UK. If you qualify and can show that you have enough money to support them, you may be able to bring family members to the UK with you while you are studying. This includes your spouse or partner and children under the age of 18. We can advise you of eligibility and the financial requirements for bringing dependants to the country.
Length of stay for students with a UK Visa
Normally, a student visa granted for a degree course will allow you to remain in the UK for the duration of the course plus 1 month before starting and 4 months after completion of course.
There may be the opportunity to extend your period of stay, for example if you wish to go on to take a higher degree.
You are permitted to arrive in the UK up to a month before your course starts, provided it is longer than six months in duration (unless it is a pre-sessional course). For shorter courses, you can arrive a week before the start date.
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At Halliday Reeves, we can guide you through the student visa application process. If you have been turned down for a student visa, we can discuss your options with you.
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We offer a free 15-minute enquiry service to discuss your requirements and advise you the best course of action in your circumstances.
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