USA and the UK
If you are looking to study in the UK on a temporary basis, you may need to apply for a Student Visitor Visa. This is also known as a Short-Term Study Visa.
If you have US citizenship, you can study for up to six months without a visa. However, if you are studying an English Language course for up to 11 months, you will need the Short-term Study Visa. If you want to study in the UK for longer than this, you will need a Tier 4 Student Visa instead.
How can IAS help?
If you are looking for advice on your application, our highly qualified immigration consultants can help. Your lawyer will determine whether you need the Student Visitor Visa and advise you on alternatives if necessary. They will then advise you on the documents required and collate them into an evidence portfolio. As part of our service, your lawyer will also provide you with a Letter of Representation. This acts as a cover letter for your application and pleads your case directly to the Home Office. Make an inquiry online or call +1844 290 6312 for more information on the Short-term Study Visa or to discuss your personal circumstances.
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A Student Visitor Visa comes under the category of Visitor Visa, which means that you can use it to visit the UK for a temporary study.
To apply for the Short-term Study Visa, you must:
- be at least 18 years old;
- have proof that you can pay your tuition fees, as well as sufficient maintenance funds for your stay;
- show that you can afford to travel to and from the country;
- only be studying for less than six months.
if your course is an English course, the maximum length can be extended to 11 months.
No – you cannot switch directly from a Student Visitor Visa to a Tier 4 Visa.
However, you may be able to make a separate application for a Tier 4 Visa. You can do this if you are accepted onto a long-term course and meet the other eligibility requirements.
This visa allows you to study for a longer period at a UK Higher Education Institution. Time spent in the country on this visa type counts towards continuous residence for permanent settlement.
More information on Tier 4 Student Visas.
No, you cannot work in the UK with a Student Visitor Visa. This includes part-time or unpaid work, such as work placements or internships.
You can study and work (part-time) in the UK with a Tier 4 Student Visa.
You will not be able to bring dependents with you on this type of visa.
However, if you study on a Tier 4 UK Student Visa rather than the Short-term Study Visa, you will be eligible to bring dependents over with you.
We at IAS can simplify the process of applying for a Short-term Study Visa. If you are unsure which visa type is for you, or which UK Student Visa you qualify for, our immigration experts can advise you on your best option. Using our services will ensure that the process is as smooth and stress-free as possible.
Our services include:
- assessing your eligibility for a UK Student Visa or Short-term Study Visa;
- performing a complete document check and organizing your evidence for your application;
- preparing a Letter of Representation. This details your case and its merits and goes alongside your application;
- fully completing your application forms to the highest possible standard;
- maintaining contact with the Entry Clearance Office during the process.
Get in touch with our team on +1844 290 6312 or use our online contact form to start the process of applying for your UK Student Visitor Visa or to discuss your personal circumstances.