International Students must successfully apply for a Student visa before they can commence their studies in the UK. This short article provides an overview about the requirements for Student visas for foreign students intending to study in the UK. The relevant Immigration Rules that cover Student Visa applications are primarily contained in Appendix Student. A
Student Visas replaced Tier 4 (General) Migrant visas which was the previous Immigration category for students aged 16 or over.
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Students who intend to study in the UK must obtained a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from a licenced Student Sponsor.
If you intend to apply for a Student Visa you will be required to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to support yourself.
In addition to the above you will also need to satisfy the English Language requirement for this Immigration category. The English language requirement that you need to meet will depend on whether your course is at degree level or over, or below degree level.
For certain courses an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate must be obtained.
Student Visa applications must be made within 6 months of obtaining a CAS.
If you will like to apply for a Student Visa and you need advice and representation, please contact our Immigration Department who are able to assist with Student Visa applications.