Tier 4 (General)
The Tier 4 General visa enables those aged 16 and over to study in the UK at a school, college or university that holds a Tier 4 sponsor licence.
Tier 4 General visa: Main requirements
In order to qualify for a Tier 4 (General) visa the applicant must be able to demonstrate that:
- they have been offered a place on a course;
- the course is with a licenced Tier 4 sponsor and they have been assigned a confirmation of acceptance for studies document (‘CAS’);
- they can speak, read, write and understand English to a required standard;
- they meet the maintenance requirements issued by the Home Office; and
- they do not fall for refusal under the general grounds for refusal.
Length and conditions of stay in the UK
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 may be able to extend their leave or apply for new leave. Those who have previously studied in the UK will only be granted additional leave in limited circumstances.
Work may be permitted depending on the type of sponsor and level of course. Self employment and permanent employment is not permitted.
Applicants 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.
Tier 4 General visa applications: How we can help
We are experienced in preparing Tier 4 (General) visa applications to ensure a successful outcome and will provide expert guidance and assistance to you throughout the process. We are also able to offer assistance to those looking to explore their post study options to remain in the UK.
For further advice, please contact us.