Tier 4 Child Student Visa
1. Overview of Tier 4 | Child Student Visa
You can apply for the Tier 4 (Child) student visa if
- You are aged between 4 and 17 Years
- You have a place on a course
- You have the consent of your parent or guardian
- You have enough money to cover your course fees and living costs
- You are from a country that’s not in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
1.2 Processing Time
- You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK.
- You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.
1.3 Fees for Tier 4 | Child Student Visa
- It costs £310 to apply for a Tier 4 (Child) student visa from outside the UK.
2. Eligibility for Tier 4 | Child Student
You must have:
- An unconditional offer from qualified education provider
- Enough Money to support yourself and pay for your course
You can do a course that’s taught in line with:
- The National Curriculum
- The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)
- Independent school education inspection standards
- You can do pre-sessional study, ie a short course to prepare you for your main course.
You can also do a course that’s accepted as being at the same academic level as the:
- Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)
- HM Inspectorate of Education (in Scotland)
- Estyn (in Wales)
- Education and Training Inspectorate (in Northern Ireland)
- Independent Schools Inspectorate
2.2 Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies
- Your education provider will send you a reference number called a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) once they’ve offered you a place on a course. You’ll 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 your visa no later than 6 months after you’re sent the CAS.
3. Documents Required for Child Student Visa
When you apply you will need to Provide
- Current Valid Passport
- 2 passport size colour photographs for yourself and for each parent or Guardian applying with you, with names written on the reverse side
- Proof that you can support yourself and pay for your course
- Proof of parental or other legal guardian consent
- Your tuberculosis (TB) test results if you’re from a country where you have to take the test
Note: Your documents will usually be sent back within 14 days.
4. Stay Duration on Tier 4 | Child Student Visa
Your age and the length of your course of study will affect how long you can stay.
- Category How long you can stay
- Under 16 Course length (up to 6 years) Plus 4 months afterwards
- 16 or 17 Course length (up to 3 years) Plus 4 months afterwards
You can arrive in the UK:
- Up to 1 week before your course starts if your course lasts 6 months or less
- Up to 1 month before your course starts if your course lasts more than 6 months
5. What you can and can’t do
- Study at an independent fee-paying school (if you are aged between 4 and 15)
- study at a publicly-funded further education college (if you are 16 or 17 and you’re a fee-paying student)
- Apply from inside or outside the UK
- Apply to extend your stay
You can also work, if you are 16 or over:
- Part-time during term for up to 10 hours per week
- Full-time during vacations
- On a work placement as part of your course, (but not for more than 50% of your course time)
- As a student union sabbatical officer for up to 2 years
- Study at a publicly-funded school
- Get public funds
- Take a full-time permanent job or be self-employed
- Work as a doctor or dentist in training
- Work as a professional sportsperson (Example: A Sports Coach) or entertainer
- Settle in the UK on this visa
- Bring in family members (‘dependents’) – if your parents want to accompany you, they’ll need to apply for a Parent of a Child At School Visa.
5. Extending Tier 4 | Child Student Visa:
You may be able to apply to extend your stay in the UK under a Tier 4 (Child) visa.
- Meet the eligibility requirements of this visa
- Already be in the UK
Note: You should apply before your current visa expires.
It costs £422 to extend your visa.