Studying in the UK has always been the key to a good career in any country. British education is prestigious and offers excellent prospects.
You can get a student visa from 4 years old. There are two types of visas:
– Child Student visa for children from 4 to 17 years;
– Student visa for students over 16 years old.
Regardless of the applicant’s age, whether they are a 4-year-old child or an adult undergraduate or graduate student, there are general requirements for a student visa. The most important of them is an educational institution must have a Home Office license which gives it the right to accept foreign students for studies.
Westland Mark Limited in addition to visa support assists in finding any educational institutions according to the criteria set by clients. We can also help to undergo the enrolment procedure, organise individual visits to schools and colleges at the request of clients.
After a suitable educational institution that meets your requirements is selected, and you or your child are enrolled, the educational institution issues a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) – a final confirmation of enrolment, based on which you can apply for a visa. Receiving CAS – the second indispensable condition for this category.
Financial requirements (maintenance)
The third mandatory requirement for obtaining Student visa is the availability of funds to pay for one year of study and for accommodation (maintenance). The exact amount required for accommodation is set by immigration rules and may vary from year to year. The money must be held in the bank account of the student or their parents for at least 28 days before applying for a visa. If one full academic year is paid, then only funds for living must be held on the account. If the academic year is not fully paid, then the funds for living plus the unpaid amount for the year of study must be held on the bank account.
If a child is going to study at boarding school, and a full year of tuition with accommodation has been paid, then there are no financial requirements when applying for a Child Student visa. This does not apply to adult students applying: even if you paid for a full year of college or university and a full year of living on campus, only £ 1,265 is counted for accommodation. The remaining amount of maintenance must be shown on the bank account.
Right to work
Students enrolled in a course below the bachelor’s level (Level 6) have the right to work no more than 10 hours per week during study time and without restrictions on holidays. Students at Level 6 course and above have the right to work 20 hours a week during study time and without restrictions on holidays. Please note that this rule does not apply to all educational institutions.
Applicants for a Student visa have the right to bring with them family members (spouses, partners, children under 18). To do this, the course must be at least of Level 7 (Masters Program, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma) and a duration of at least 9 months. For family members, it is necessary to show the availability of additional funds (maintenance) either in their bank account or in the account of the main applicant. They must also pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). Family members have unlimited rights to work in the UK.
Parent of a Child Student
When the child is granted a Child Student visa, one of the parents may accompany him until the child is 12 years old. Parent of a Child Student visa allows you to stay with your child in the UK for 12 months and renew your visa every 12 months without leaving the UK. An indispensable condition is that the child must study at day school without living there. Parents of a child studying at the boarding school cannot receive such visa.
When applying for Student and Child Student visas, an IHS fee is paid, which is slightly lower for students than for other categories and amounts to £ 300 for every 12 months of the entire period for which the visa is requested.
Students of all ages, as well as accompanying parents on a Parent of a Child Student visa, must take a tuberculosis test if they are residents of one of the countries from the Home Office list. The certificate with test results is valid for 6 months.
By itself, a student visa does not entitle you to obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, but the time spent on this visa is counted in a 10-year rolling period of continuous legal residence in the UK, on the basis of which you can get ILR. Moreover, only student visas make it possible to continuously stay in the UK for 10 years without changing immigration status.