USA and the UK
If you want to study in the UK for a period longer than six months, you must obtain a UK Student Visa, also known as a Tier 4 Student Visa.
You can apply for this visa if you are looking to come to the UK from the US to study for your post-16 education. With this visa, you will be able to remain in the UK so long as you are enrolled in a course of study in a regulated institution, like a University. This visa covers your course length and a short period after. It can be extended or switched from if you wish to remain in the UK for further study or work once your course is finished.
How can IAS help?
Our team of specialist lawyers can assist with your Tier 4 Student Visa application. Your lawyer will work one-on-one with you to assess your study options, advise you on your requirements on next steps. They will also guide you through your entire application process. From getting your Certificate of Acceptance of Study (CAS) to organizing your documents into a portfolio, we can help. Contact us now on +1844 290 6312 or make an inquiry online to speak with a lawyer about your UK Student Visa.
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To meet the requirements for the UK Adult Study Visa, you need:
- An unconditional offer from a place on a course with a licensed Tier 4 sponsor (this will be most Universities and public schools)
- Enough money to support yourself and pay your tuition
- Identity documents (such as passport etc.)
- Proof of immigration history
Once you have graduated you will have a short period left where you can remain in the UK, but after this, you must return to your home country.
According to the Home Office, there is a 28-day period to apply for a Tier 4 extension. Otherwise, you will have to make a fresh application for a different visa (i.e. a work visa).
You are permitted to switch onto a Tier 4 Visa from a number of different scenarios and visa categories.
These include if you are:
- A Tier 4 Child Student in the UK
- A Tier 1 Migrant
- A Tier 2 Migrant
- A participant in the International Graduates Scheme/The Science and Engineering Graduates Scheme
- A participant in the ‘Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland’ scheme
- A post-graduate doctor or dentist
- A student nurse
- A current student re-sitting an examination
- A current student writing a thesis
- A student union sabbatical officer
- A work permit holder
Yes – students on Tier 4 Visas are permitted to work during their studies. However, there are limits to the hours you can work.
If you are an adult student on a UK degree course, you can work a maximum of 20 hours per week and it must not interfere with your studies.
If you stop studying before you have completed the full length of your course, you cannot continue to work. If you do, you will be in breach of your Tier 4 Visa conditions.
You (or your child) can apply for a Tier 4 Study Visa, providing the child meets the following conditions:
- They are between four and 15 years old
- They have a place organized at an independent, fee-paying school
This application must be made from outside the UK. This type of visa lasts for the full length of the child’s course, with four extra months following this. After this time, they must return home unless they have applied to switch to another visa category.
Read more on Tier 4 Child Study Visas.
If you (or your child) want to go to the UK to study for a period of six months or less, you can apply for a Child Visitor Visa.
To make an application for this visa the applicant needs to have:
- Enough funds to support them during their study
- Enough funds to pay for their course
- Accommodation for their stay in the UK
This visa route is not required for US citizens.
If you intend to go to the UK to study for a period of six months or less, you can apply for a Student Visitor Visa.
To make an application for this visa, you must:
- Be 18 years or over
- Be undertaking a course which is a maximum of six months long
- Have enough funds to pay your tuition
- Have enough funds to support yourself
- Have enough funds to pay for your accommodation (if necessary) during your course
Our immigration lawyers are experienced in assisting international students coming to study in the UK.
As part of our advice and application services, you will be paired with one of our specialist advisers.
Your lawyer will:
- Work with you to assess your study options, to find out which study visa is right for you;
- Process and collate your supporting documents, placing them into an evidence portfolio. This will make your application presentable for the Home Office;
- Write a Letter of Representation to accompany your application;
- Liaise with your sponsor to organize your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS);
- Liaise with the Home Office about your application when necessary.
Get in touch now on +1844 290 6312 or make an inquiry online to get advice about your application for a UK Student Visa.