This category is for those who are over 16 years old and wishing to study in the UK at school, college or university which has been granted a Tier 4 (General) sponsor licence by the Home Office. You must have a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the education provider and enough money to cover course fees and monthly living costs.
For a successful application you will need to satisfy the English language requirement. The level of required English language ability will depend on the type of course you are following, the type of an education provider and the time when your CAS was assigned.
Depending on the type of your course and education provider you may be allowed to work 20 hours per week or 10 hours per week during term time and any time during vacations.
Should your application be successful, you would be allowed to stay in the UK for the full length of the course plus several months or weeks (depending on the duration and type of your course). You may be able to apply to extend your stay in the UK as a student, however you should bear in mind that time spent under Tier 4 does not count towards settlement. Moreover, you can only get a CAS for a new course if your new course represents academic progress from your previous studies, namely, your new course must be above the level of your previous course or involve further study at the same level, but complement the previous course. However, The Tier 4 policy guidance provides a concession that moving to a lower level course can be acceptable in exceptional circumstances.
UK immigration law is complicated and often confusing to those unfamiliar with the rules, regulations and procedures. Our immigration adviser can translate technical issues into plain English and cast a light upon the complex issues of immigration legislation. Please do not hesitate to contact our Immigration Adviser to discuss your options and how we can assist you in your application.