Tier 4 Visa (Student Visa)

Many individuals seek to come to the UK to study at the world-class educational institutions.

People from outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland who wish to study in the UK must apply for a Tier 4 (General) Student visa. This visa allows people to study, work in most jobs and possible bring dependent family members with them. It is also possible to apply to extend their stay.

To gain a Tier 4 (General) Student visa, you must meet the eligibility criteria. This includes holding an unconditional offer for a course with a licenced Tier 4 sponsor, demonstrating a sufficient understanding of the English language and having enough funds to pay for the course and support yourself and.

Refusal of a student visa means the prospective student cannot enter the UK to take their place at their educational institution. The appeals process can be time consuming and even if it is eventually decided in the student’s favour they may have missed the course start date. It is of therefore of utmost importance to get the initial application correct.

The requirements for obtaining a Tier 4 student visa include providing a CoS, having adequate maintenance and funds to cover the cost of tuition and passing the ‘genuine student’ test.  If an application is refused, the remedy is often to apply for judicial review to challenge the negative determination Our immigration and asylum law barrister can provide advice to individuals who have been refused a Tier 4 student visa and prepare judicial review representations to challenge the refusal.


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