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Study in the UK - Latitude Law

Apply for a Student Visa

If you are interested in studying in the UK, Latitude Law specialises in providing legal advice to migrants. Our lawyers have in-depth knowledge on all aspects of the student or short-term visa options for students and can help you successfully apply to study in the UK.

How do I apply to study in the UK?

To apply to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a Student Visa, previously known as a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa, through the government’s Points Based System. There are numerous types of Student Visa that you can apply for depending on your age and how long you plan on studying for in the UK.

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(General) Student Visa

For students who are 16 or over, you can apply for a (General) Student Visa. To qualify, you require the following:

  • A conditional offer on a course with a licensed sponsor
  • The ability to speak, read, write and understand English up to a certain level (level B2 in the CEFR (Common European Framework for languages) for higher education) – you may be required to take a test
  • Enough money to support you and pay for your studies. Student visa applicants are usually eligible for student finance for their tuition fees, but grants for maintenance and living costs are usually restricted to EU nationals

If your application is successful, you’ll be eligible to arrive in the UK one month before your course commences, providing the duration is longer than 6 months.

(Child) Student Visa

For children aged between 4 and 17 years old, a parent or guardian can apply for a (child) visa on their behalf. To qualify for this type of visa, the child must have a place at an educational establishment with a Sponsor Licence.

Furthermore, it’s required that the parent can demonstrate they have sufficient funds to pay the outstanding course fees for one academic year and support their child’s living costs in the UK.

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Short-term Study Visa

If you have a place on a short course of study, such as an English language training course, you can apply for a Short-term Student Visa valid for up to 11 months. Your course provider must be an accredited institution and you will need to provide evidence that you have sufficient funds to pay your course fees, maintain and accommodate yourself during your time in the UK.

Immigration options after graduating

There are several options to consider if wishing to remain in the UK beyond graduation:

  • Further study – to study further in the UK, a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) is required from a Student Sponsor. It is also likely that students will need to comply with an academic progression requirement. A student visa can only be held for a maximum of 5 years.
  • Graduate route – this route is open to all international students who have completed an eligible course at Bachelor’s degree level of above. Graduates will receive permission to remain in the UK for a maximum of 2 years, unless they have completed a PhD, where 3 years will be granted.
  • Skilled worker – if a student is offered suitably skilled employment, a switch to a Skilled Worker visa may be possible. This route can lead to Settlement after holding this visa lawfully for 5 years.
  • Start-up – this route is suitable for graduates who have an innovative, viable, and scalable business idea which is supported by an endorsing body approved by the Home Office. If successful, individuals can receive permission to remain for a maximum period of 2 years, and in future, can switch to the Innovator route.

For further detail on these post-graduation options, click here. 

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Why choose Latitude Law?

Our immigration lawyers have years of experience helping clients prepare and apply for student visas, so you are free to focus on preparing for your move to the UK. Our expertise means we’re able to tackle any case to get you a positive result.

We will keep you updated on proceedings, ensuring you are aware of what options are available to you and what is the best course of action you should take. Once you have secured your place, we are also available to answer any questions you might have about life in the UK or to help you should you need an extension to your visa or change your status.

How we can help

Latitude Law is dedicated to helping employers and individuals understand and fulfill their legal obligations. Our award-winning immigration solicitors have been recognised by the Legal 500, Whos Who Legal and Chambers & Partners for our integrity and success when dealing with difficult cases.

When you call us, we will consult your situation and determine the best course of action. Our expert advice has helped many organisations and their people attain visas, and your business will benefit from our expertise and our thorough approach to this process.

How we can help

Latitude Law is dedicated to helping employers and individuals understand and fulfill their legal obligations. Our award-winning immigration solicitors have been recognised by the Legal 500, Whos Who Legal and Chambers & Partners for our integrity and success when dealing with difficult cases.

When you call us, we will consult your situation and determine the best course of action. Our expert advice has helped many organisations and their people attain visas, and your business will benefit from our expertise and our thorough approach to this process.

Studying in the UK Q&As

You are eligible for UK study if you have secured an offer of tuition from a UK educational sponsor listed on the current register of sponsors.

Work activity is restricted in the student category, but those studying at degree level or above at a UK university will be able to work 20 hours per week during term time and full time during vacation periods.

Extensions are possible, but generally only where a student can show academic progression. In most cases, this means moving from one level of a course to another; for example, from a Bachelors degree to a Masters degree.

Yes, there is a specific child sub-category that allows for this. Again, sponsors must be approved and entered on the register of sponsors, and child applicants will additionally have extra requirements to meet relating to their safety and welfare in the UK.

Student graduates are able to switch to the Skilled Worker visa route. They will need to secure a job offer from an employer listed on the current register of Skilled Worker sponsors, and for that employer to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship before they can apply.

This really depends on the qualification for which an applicant is studying and the time during which they have already completed UK study (there is an upper limit in the student category). Note that skilled worker specifically caters for those employed in post-doctorate positions, including many research positions.

Short-term students have no basis on which to apply to bring their dependents to the UK. Students can do this in some cases, most commonly where they are studying at a postgraduate level or on a government-sponsored scheme.

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The British passports of my four children successfully reached us this week.

I wanted to thank the Latitude Law Firm for the constant professional support provided to us throughout the process. Your services have been helpful for us at each stage of the process. We would be happy to hire you again in the future for the process of my husband, and would also recommend your firm to others around us.

Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to appreciate the hard work of Joel Reiss towards the successful completion of our case. His support for all of us from day 1 till the very last day has been commendable. Me and my children are very thankful to him for the smooth execution.

Looking forward to hiring the firm for our next case as well.

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Just to thank you all for the help given with Bodil’s EU Settlement Scheme application, which came through in the last few days.

A good friend of ours once said: “People do not employ lawyers because they help; they employ them because they make a difference”.

I’m convinced that referral to Latitude did jolt the Home Office into progressing consideration of the application, and it made all the difference.

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