Studying in the UK

UK student visa
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Apply for Your UK Student Visa – Tier 4

Anyone travelling to the UK from outside the European Union to study will need a UK student visa, also known as a Tier 4 student visa, but applying can be a complex process.

Our expert immigration solicitors can make sure your student visa application is straightforward. We give you the best chance of being approved so you can move forward and focus on your studies.

Submitting a Strong UK Student Visa Application

Expert Guidance and Advice for Your Tier 4 Application

Our expert immigration solicitors offer students from all over the world assistance and guidance with the UK student visa application process.

To give you the best chance at a successful visa application outcome we have created a range of specialist services to increase the likelihood that your student visa application will be accepted without an issue.

Help with Passing Your English Test

Before you apply for a student visa you need to be accepted onto a course at a UK university and be able to pass an English language test. If you are worried about the English test or your English language skills, get in touch with our immigration solicitors today.

We know exactly what is required and can recommend a language training centre to help give you the confidence to apply and succeed when you’re ready.

Help with Finding a Suitable UK-Based Course

To reduce the chance of your student visa application being delayed or denied, we have developed a service that assists you in meeting the minimum student visa entry requirements before you begin your application.

As well as arranging an English test at a local test centre, we can help you find a suitable UK-based course at an affiliated university. We can help you with everything you need to be ready to begin your application.

Improving Your UK Student Visa Application and Preparing your Papers

Our team of visa experts understand exactly what the Home Office is looking for in a successful applicant. Using that knowledge, we can give you tailored advice on how to improve any weaknesses within your visa application.

We will also prepare all your papers and write a letter so your visa application can be processed swiftly by the Home Office. Our team will be there every step of the way until a decision has been made.

Fast-tracking your Tier 4 UK student visa application

Fast-Track Services

Sometimes you need a final decision on your student visa application urgently.

That’s why we offer our specialist same-day service on most student visa applications. We can generally provide this fast-tracked option to clients who are wishing to switch to a Tier 4 student visa quickly. We can provide you with this service thanks to our good connections with both the Home Office and the Public Enquiry Office.

Decisions On the Same Day

When you fast-track your student visa application, a decision is usually made on the same day. You’ll need to attend a meeting at the Home Office accompanied by a member of our team first, but you’ll know that day if you’ve been successful.

Whether you require advice about your student visa, a review of your visa application or hands-on guidance preparing your visa to study in the UK, we have a range of fixed-fee and fast-track packages to choose from.

Read more about our fast-track services

Our Range of UK Student Visa Services

The Tier 4 Student Visa

If you want to live and study in the UK, you will probably need to apply for a tier 4 student visa. Our solicitors can help you understand exactly what it means to apply for this visa and guide you through the application process with ease.

Read more about applying for your tier 4 visa

Doctorate Extension Scheme

The Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES) is a type of student visa designed to provide PhD students with a bridge to Tier 2 and Tier 1 visas. If you have almost finished a UK PhD, or other doctorate qualification, the Doctorate Extension Scheme lets you apply for an additional 12 months of residence to look for work.

Read more about applying for your Doctorate Extension Scheme

Extending your Student Visa

You may require additional time in the UK after your student visa has expired. If that’s the case, our immigration solicitors can help you extend your visa or switch to a different visa, depending on your circumstances. You may want to switch to a tier 2 visa, or you may want to may have met someone you consider marrying in the UK while on a student visa.

We can guide you through all the requirements, and help you work towards a successful outcome with as little delay as possible.

Read more about extending your student visa

Appealing a Decision

Sometimes student visa applications are denied. This may be because the necessary documentation wasn’t provided, you applied for the wrong student visa or if you simply didn’t meet the general requirements. However, a rejection doesn’t have to be the end of the road.

You’ve gone through the lengthy, expensive and difficult process to apply for your visa, only to find out your student visa was denied for a reason you don’t believe is fair. This is understandably very frustrating, but something may be able to be done, as you may be able to appeal the rejection.

It is not always possible to appeal, however in cases where this is possible and where applicants have done so, up to as much as 50% were successful(2017-2018). This is why we would always advise you to let us assess your circumstances to see what rights and options you have.

Depending on why your student visa was denied and what your circumstances are we will be able to help. We can help you appeal the initial decision made on your visa application and help you get the student visa you want.

We will explain to you what your rights of appeal are and decide what you would need to do to make a successful application the second time around.

You can read more about this process on our appeals page

UK Student Visas for Children

Children aged 4 to 17

If your child is aged between 4 and 17 they can apply for either a long-term or a short-term visa, allowing them to study in the UK, depending on their circumstances.

Long-Term Student Visas

If they are aged between 4 and 17 and they will be studying for more than six months, they need to apply as a child student under the Tier 4 student visa category of the points-based entry system.

Please note that if your child is under the age of 15 they will only be eligible for a long-term student visa if they’re attending an independent, fee-charging school.

Short-Term Student Visas

If your child is under 18 and they will be studying in the UK for six months or less, they can apply as a child visitor. Several set conditions need to be met before you can apply for this visa on your child’s behalf.

To be granted a UK short-term study visa, your child needs to:

  • Have enough funds to support themselves throughout their stay
  • Have suitable accommodation in the UK
  • Have enough funds to pay for their return or onward journey once their visa expires

Read more about short-term study visas

Same-Day Student Visas for Children Under 18

When making plans to study abroad, you don’t have time to waste. That’s why we offer a UK premium same-day student visa application service designed to speed up your submission considerably.

The student visa application process is complicated, and even small weaknesses in your case can lead to major delay or rejection. However, a same-day student visa submission from one of our expert solicitors will ensure that every part of your student visa application is accurate and that you save valuable time.

UK Tier 4 Student Visa Application Support

How We Can Help With Your Tier 4 Visa Application

To get started with your student visa application get in touch today. Our immigration solicitors will support you from start to finish with straightforward, friendly advice.

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