The United Kingdom has long been a desirable place to study. The UK is renowned for its Public Schools like Eaton, Rugby, & Harrow School. These college-prep schools are actually elite private schools that are so named because they accept applications from the public, not because they are run at public expense like American public schools. Graduates of these institutions typically qualify for the very best universities in the UK or worldwide, and the relationships they build with their peers can be very valuable, as the elites of much of the world send their children to study there. In addition to its famous secondary schools, the UK is home to many world class universities. A degree from a UK university makes it much easier to secure a job in the UK or elsewhere in Europe. It is important to remember that before applying for a student visa, it is required that the applicant gain entry into a UK based educational institution, and schools will require the applicant to demonstrate competency in the English language by passing an IELTS test. Each school sets its own minimum score to attend, however.
Students seeking to attend either a secondary school or a University level course must apply for either the Tier 4 Child or the Tier 4 Adult visa.
Students aged 17 years and under can apply for the Tier 4 child visa. UK student visa’s work on a “points” system. Usually, for an under-17 to qualify, they must demonstrate that they have:
- Been accepted by a school and received a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS)
- Apply for the visa no later than 6 months after the school sends the CAS
- Have the consent of parents or guardian
- Demonstrate that they have enough money to survive (amount varies by region)
Anyone aged 16 and over can apply for a tier 4 adult visa, which generally applies to those seeking to study full-time at a university within the UK. In general, the requirements are the same, except that of course there is no need to provide consent of parents or guardians. Applicants are also able to get a job for up to 20 hours a week.
CCP limited has contacts within many secondary schools and universities in the UK and has the expertise to prepare each applicant’s paperwork with care, please contact us for a full consultations