What are the main requirements?
In order to qualify for a Tier 4 General visa the applicant must be able to demonstrate that:
How long can I stay and what are the conditions of my stay?
Applicants will be granted leave in line with the duration of their course with additional time at the start and end of the course to settle in and arrange their affairs.
Applicants can apply to extend their leave or apply for new leave, however, those who have previously studied in the UK will only be granted additional leave if:
Applicants who will study at a higher education institution (HEI) or an overseas HEI will be granted permission to work in part time roles for a limited number of hours. The exact amount of hours a Tier 4 General student can work will depend upon course. Self-employment and permanent employment is not permitted.
An applicant cannot continue to study in the UK indefinitely and a five year cap is placed on study above degree level with only certain exceptions.
The Tier 4 General category is not a route that leads to settlement in the UK. Once an applicant has completed their studies, in order to remain in the UK they will be required to switch to another visa category. If they do not meet the requirements of other categories, they will be required to leave the UK at the end of their studies.
How we can help?
The requirements of the Tier 4 General visa are highly prescriptive and the Home Office routinely refuse applications that do not fully comply with the Immigration Rules and guidance. Our highly experienced team of immigration lawyers will assist in preparing and submitting your application to achieve the best possible outcome. They will also fully advise on the requirements to be satisfied for extension applications.
If you’d like to discuss matters further, please email our Immigration team on firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the online enquiry form on this page.