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Tier 4 General – Student Applications

We are specialist immigration solicitors within Croydon and Central London and have a strong reputation in assisting students to enter and remain as students in the UK. We offer competitive pricing and offer a bespoke immigration service to all our clients.

The rules that apply to students who are neither British nor EU nationals are now dealt with under the Home Office’s Tier 4 Points-Based System.

This category is designed to allow both children and adults from non-EU countries to live and study in the UK and gain recognised qualifications from UK colleges and universities under the Tier 4 Points-Based system.

Subject to satisfying the Home Office requirements upon completion of studies in the UK an individual may then switch into another immigration category which can lead to indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

In order to obtain a Tier 4 visa, generally the applicant must gain 30 points for obtaining a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies letter from their prospective university or college. The applicant will have to demonstrate that they have been offered a place at the college or university and also that they have the requisite English language skills as specified by the Home Office. An applicant must also produce documents which demonstrate that they have sufficient funds to cover their course fees for the first year of their studies and maintain themselves whilst in the UK. Obtaining a Tier 4 visa is also dependent on the applicant having a proven track record in studying, including a qualification equivalent to National Qualification Framework in the UK.

The spouse and / or children of the main applicant may also apply to enter the UK as dependents as the main applicant. A child may also apply to study in the UK and but must demonstrate that he or she is able to pay their school fees and have funds in place to maintain themselves for the period that they are in the UK.

There are many different rules that may apply to a student in the UK or a potential student and we therefore advise that you contact one of our experienced immigration solicitors. For further information and a free telephone consultation, call our Central London or Croydon offices today on 0344 444 8216 and speak to one of our senior lawyers.

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