The UK has some of the most prestigious Universities in the world and is therefore a popular destination for international students who wish to study at a high-rank university. The Student Visa has replaced the Tier 4 (General) Student visa.
A Student Visa can be applied for if
Work as a professional sportsperson or sports coach.
Claim public funds.
Study at an academy or locally funded school.
Apply for indefinite leave to remain within the UK on a student visa.
You may be able to work depending on what you are studying and whether you’re working in or out of term-time.
Length of Stay:
The initial length of stay is dependent on your course and the study programmes you have completed. Once all is approved you may be given permission to remain in the UK for up to 5 years. Once this 5 year period is up, you may apply to extend your visa pending an unconditional offer of a place on a course with a licensed student sponsor. PhD students do not fall under this 5-year limit.
Confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS):
Applicants must have been accepted with an unconditional offer to a course in the UK. The education provider should provide a CAS. The visa should be made within 6 months of the CAS being issued.
Spouses and Dependents:
Application can be made for a spouse, civil partner, unmarried partner and dependent children under age 18 to join you in the UK as your dependent.
You need to prove there is enough money for financial support for yourself and spouses and dependents.
The period of leave will be the same for dependents as it is for applicants. Dependents will be able to work with restrictions such as being unable to work s a professional sportsman or sports coach.
When to apply varies depending on whether you apply from the UK or abroad.
The Home Office will confirm a decision on your visa application from outside of the UK which can take up to three weeks. The Home Office will confirm a decision on your visa application from within the UK which can take up to eight weeks. A Priority Service may be available as an additional purchasing option in some locations for applications made outside the UK.
You may extend your Student Visa to remain longer to continue your course/study a new course (if you are already in the UK on a Student Visa or a Tier 4 (General) student visa).
You must obtain an unconditional offer of a place on a course sponsored by a licensed with student sponsor, shown by your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).
The course you wish to study must be more academically advanced than your current achievements.
If you have been in the UK for less than a year with a valid visa, you must prove your financial stability to support yourself in the UK. Furthermore, you should be applying to extend your dependents’ visa’s simultaneously to your own application. If this is not possible, application should be submitted before their current visa expires.