Immigration to UK and visa applications are managed by the UKBA- the UK Border Agency, which is part of the UK Government’s Home office. It is advisable to apply well ahead of time for a student visa. There are a number of different options of student visa available:
Tier 4 (child) student visa: is applicable if you are between 4 and 17 years old.
Child visitor visa: If you are 17 years or below, you can study for 6 months (or 12 months if you are accompanying an academic visitor) using this visa.
Tier 4 (General) student visa: You can apply as an adult student and can stay longer than with a Student visitor visa.
Student visitor visa, or extended Student visitor visa : If you are 18 or above and wish to study for upto 6 months, but do not want to work during this time, then you can apply for a Student visitor visa. An extended student visitor visa allows study of pure English language courses for upto 11 months.
Prospective student visa: If you wish to study here but only have provisional admission in a course (with final admission dependent on an interview) then you can apply for this visa. You must show that you will start your course within 6 months of your arrival.
Eligibility criteria for applying for a Tier 4 Student visa include:
- A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) must be provided as proof that the applicant has been offered a seat in a university approved by the UK Border Agency. The course must involve a minimum of fifteen hours of study per week.
- You must provide evidence of funding to pay for tuition fees as well as living costs.
- The applicant should clearly state the intent of not working in the UK unless he/she is accepted for a course lasting longer than six months, in which case he or she may work part-time or during vacations.
- The applicant must show convincing evidence that he or she intends to return to their own country at the end of the period of study
- Please read all the latest eligibility criteria on the official website http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration as it is revised from time to time.