The Tier 4 student visa is issued to those who are from other countries who want to study in UK. The educational institution where the student will be attending the course can be the sponsor for Tier 4 student visa. The visa will be for a particular course in the institution. Those who are outside UK are required to apply for the Tier 4 student visa prior to travelling to UK.
Those who hold Tier 4 student visa and are doing a course at degree level are normally allowed to work up to 20 hours in a week during term period and for full-time during vacations. If the visa holder has completed the course and if few more days/months are left on his/her visa, he/she can work for full-time.
The Tier 4 student visa will be valid for the duration of a Masters Degree course and for additional 4 months after completion of the course. During this additional 4 months period the visa holder can go for full-time work or apply for higher studies. However, he/she needs to get a new visa to carry out the work or to attend the new course.
Those who are aged 16 or above and want to study in UK can apply online for Tier 4 (General) student visa UK. As part of the application they should have their photographs as well as fingerprints taken at a visa application centre. The applicant must have been offered admission to a course in UK and he/she should be able to understand, read, speak and write English. The applicant must be sufficiently strong financially to pay the course fees and to meet all other expenses. The applicant must be from a country which is not in European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. The applicant should meet all other eligibility requirements.
The applicant is required to show £1,265.00 for each month of the course for maximum 9 months. Out of the total amount required for the entire course, not less than 50% is to be shown as bank balance and the remaining 50% can be shown as FDs, MFs, debentures, shares or bonds. As per the bank balance submitted, if it is found that the student has lesser fund than required, he/she has to justify how they will make up for the shortage of funds. The money that should be shown for maintenance can be in the student’s bank account, in parent’s account or in a joint account with the student’s name.
Those who are in UK on Tier 4 student visa can apply for extension of the Tier 4 visa only if they have completed the course and obtained the qualification for which the current visa was granted. Also, the new course of study must commence within 28 days from the date of expiry of the current Tier 4 student visa.
Those who want to apply for Tier 4 student visa extension before expiry of the current visa must apply for visa extension within 6 months after receiving confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) and not more than 3 months before the date of commencement of the new course. They may visit the Home Office website www.gov.uk/ tier-4-general-visa/extend-your-visa and navigate to the ‘apply online’ section to link to the Tier 4 online application system.
Those who want to extend their Tier 4 student visa UK can submit their application for visa extension 3 months before commencement of their new course of study. The applicant should ensure that the application for extension of the student visa in UK is made up to 3 months before the expiry of the current visa. Before applying for visa extension, the applicant should also ensure that he/she has all the required documents as well as sufficient amount of money in his/her bank account.
Tier 4 visa is valid for duration of the Masters degree course and for additional 4 months after completion of the course. The Tier 4 visa holder is expected leave UK on or before the date of expiry of the Tier 4 visa unless he/she has applied for extension of visa or switched in to another immigration category. Waiting till the expiry of the Tier 4 visa without applying for visa extension will lead to serious issues. He/she will be considered as overstayer and it may negatively affect his/her UK immigration applications made in future.
Student visa is issued for you to study full-time in the UK and you are not allowed to work full-time. Graduate visa is a new route whereby students graduating will get a post study work visa to obtain work in the UK without having to go through work sponsorship requirements.
It can take up to 4 months to process the application.
No your parents cannot accompany you on an adult study visa
Yes you can switch but you will need to get an entry clearance as a student.