The UK general student visa is issued to foreign student who are at least 16 years old and aspire to admit in studies in the UK.
To be eligible to apply for a UK tier 4 student visa you must meet the following conditions:
- Be a non-EEA and no-Swiss national
- Be older than 16 years old
- Illustrate English language knowledge in an interview. The sponsor must not give the CAS before ensuring that the candidate has the needed English language understanding.
- Secure a place in the course in an institution listed as a licensed sponsor of Tier 4 candidates
Documents you must provide
When you apply for the visa you must provide
- A current passport or other valid travel documentation
- Evidence that you can support yourself
- Proof of parental or other legal guardian consent if you under 18
- If you are under 18, proof of you relationship with your parent or guardian should be submitted
Apply outside the UK
You must apply online for Tier 4 student visa. You will require having your fingerprints and photographs taken a visa application centre as part of your application. You will need to collect your biometric residence permit within 10 days of when you said you would arrive in the UK.
Extend your tier 4 student visa
You should check your immigration document to see when your current visa expires. At least one month before your visa expiry date you should complete your application and start preparing your finances and other documentation.
If you apply after your visa expired you apply as an overstayer meaning that you in the UK without immigration permission. Overstaying is a criminal offence, you may only apply for a visa extension from the UK within 14 days of becoming an overstayer. If you overstay by more than 30 days you will normally be barred from coming back to the UK for at least 12 months.
It usually takes around 6-8 weeks for the Home Office to process an application made using the standard service. If you are travelling urgently, you should apply for the priority service to get a decision within 10 working days or the super priority service to get a decision within 1 working day. We do not advise you to utilize the super priority service if there are any complex circumstances surrounding your application or immigration history.
The home office do not guarantee that service times will be met and it can take longer than advertised in some cases.
Once your extension has been granted
Once a decision is made on your application, the Home Office will create a new BRP card endorsed with your new visa. Your new BRP card will be sent separately by post approximately 10 days later. It is highly recommended you do not make any arrangements to travel until you have received all of your documents as well as the BRP card. You will need to keep the BRP card safe as you will need it as well as your passport if you travel out of the UK. You will also need to show the BRP to an employer if you are looking for part-time work. The Visa and Immigration Team will inform you by email once your BRP is ready to collect, if you opted to use our office as your correspondence address for your visa application.
Tier 4 student visa refusal
If your visa is refused, it may impact on your registration at the university.
Your visa is more likely to be approved if you receive help from expert UK immigration lawyers to accomplish the entire document you need.
Reliable UK immigration lawyers remove the stress from the immigration process. Expert lawyers help assess your eligibility maximizing the chances of a successful outcome. UK immigration rules can be daunting. So, it is better to hire expert immigration lawyers to get assistance in submitting application for some type of immigration documents. This is sometimes mandatory when the person is not eligible to perceive the various requirements under immigration law.
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