Tier 4 (Child)
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Tier 4 (child) student visa
Students that wish to come to the United Kingdom under a Tier 4 (child) student visa require an educational institution to sponsor them (in other words, the relevant institution must hold a valid sponsorship licence. The period of the granted visa will depend on the length of the course. Furthermore, this visa can only be applied by only those individuals aged 4 – 17 and they must study in an independent school.
To apply for this visa you must
- Have a place on a course
- Have the consent of your parent or guardian
- Have enough funds to cover your fees and living costs
- Not be a national of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
With this visa you can:
- Study in an independent school
- Apply for outside the UK
- Apply to extend your stay
If you are over 16 you can:
- Work part-time during term for up to 10 hours per week
- Work full-time during vacations
- Work on a work placement as part of you course (but no more than 50% of your course time)
- Work as a student union sabbatical officer for up to 2 years
With this visa you cannot
- Study at an academy or a local authority-funded school or a further education college
- Get public funds
- Take a full-time permanent job or be self-employed
- Work as dentist or dentist in training
- Work as a professional sportsperson or entertainer
- Settle in the UK with his visa
- Bring in family members – if your parents wish to accompany you, they will need to apply for a Parent of a Tier 4 (Child) visa
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
Your education provider will send you a reference number called a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) once they have offered you a place on a course. You will need to enter this on your application.
Your CAS can cover both the pre-sessional course and your main course of study.
You must apply for the visa no later than 6 months after you are sent the CAS.
Extend your visa
It is possible to stay longer to continue your course or study a new one.
You will have to:
- Meet the eligibility requirements of this visa
- Already be in the UK
- Be sponsors by an independent school