Tier 4 Student Visa Application

Individuals from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who are looking to study in the UK can apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa so long as they fit the necessary criteria.

This category of visa is only for those looking to study a full-time educational course in the UK. To study in the UK the vast number of applications are made under this category of the Home Office Points Based System for visas.

A student visa applicant must ensure they have 40 points which are made up of 10 points for funds, and 30 points for a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies(CAS).
       Our immigration team are highly experienced in dealing with these applications on  behalf of prospective student entrants.      

Types of Visa

Non-EEA individuals wishing to enter the UK to embark on a course of study should apply for visa permission under the Tier 4 category of the points-based system. Tier 4 is divided into two classifications:

Tier 4 (General) – is available for courses of study at or above National Qualification Framework level 3 and is broadly applicable to adult students, although the minimum age for this category is 16.

Tier 4 (Child) – is specifically for children between 4 and 17 years wishing to undertake their schooling in the UK but only by attending an independent, fee-paying school that can charge for International Students.

Our specialist team of immigration solicitors will guide you through the requirements and process step by step, assisting you with your application.

Who Can Apply?

To apply for entry to the UK on a student visa, you must be:

  • An overseas student who wants to study in the UK, or
  • Already in the UK, and wish to remain in the UK to study, or
  • Already in the UK and want to switch to the Student Visa category

Eligibility Requirement

For Tier 4 the applicant needs to score the necessary points and have an offer of a place on a course of studies and must meet the following criteria
  • Have been offered a place at a UK higher education institution which is a licensed Tier 4 Sponsor
  • Have a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) number from your UK educational institution
  • Meet minimum financial requirements to live, pay tuition, and cover expenses while in the UK
  • Have proof of English language proficiency (there are some exceptions)

In addition, your course must meet other certain general requirements and criteria. Therefore you should contact one of our specialist student immigration solicitors to consider your case and advice you accordingly.


You will be permitted to bring your dependants to the UK if you are a student on a Tier 4 Visa, as long as you can show that you can support them financially without accessing any public funds.

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Can I extend my stay?

For those individuals who may seek to extend their stay in the future either to continue their course or study a new one, this may be possible so as long as you continue to meet the original criteria, are remaining in the UK and have the necessary sponsorship in place.

Applicants who wish for dependant family members to join and remain with them may be able to do this but must satisfy specific criteria.

Please be advised that immigration rules are continuously changing. For further expert and professional advice and assistance concerning Tier 4 (Student) Visas, please do not hesitate to contact our immigration team who are ready and able to help you.


What if My Application is Refused?

If they do not believe you are a genuine student, then an interview from an Entry Clearance Officer can be conducted while considering your visa application to establish whether you are a genuine student. If your application is then refused, there are several options available to you, including:

  • Resubmitting your application
  • Administrative Review
  • Judicial Review

Our team can assist you in deciding the best way forward considering your individual circumstances and will provide clear, concise legal advice and representation.

Our Expertise

Our specialist Tier 4 Student Visa solicitors will be by your side throughout all stages of your visa application. They will discuss your circumstances and present you with options on how to proceed.

Legal advice should always be sought before an application is submitted, the case must be argued well and in detail to show evidence that you meet the requirements.

Why Choose Us?

Our solicitors have many years of experience in dealing with all types of visa matters. They will expertly guide you in all aspects of your immigration and are ideally positioned to explain any complexities and can represent your position robustly in order to achieve your desired outcome. We have helped many individuals across the country through the sensitive and complex process of visa applications

How to Get in Contact

Please call us on 01234 350 244 or email us at for further information and advice about our family visa application services. We will happily provide you with a free initial discussion about your individual circumstances.

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