This is tier was formerly known as ‘Tier 4 (General) student visa’
You may be eligible for a Student visa if you are aged 16 or over and you have been offered a place to study an approved course by a licensed student sponsor in the UK. If you currently hold a Tier 4 (General) student visa and wish to extend it, this is the category you will fall under.
Before applying, you must have a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from your employer which will detail the course you will be undertaking with them. You must also be able to speak, read, write and understand English: the exam level you must pass to prove this depends on the course you intend to study.
You will usually need to prove that you have enough funds to cover your course fees for 1 academic year and enough funds to support yourself for up to 9 months. If you are studying within London, the requirement is £1,334 per month. Outside London, the figure falls to £1,023 per month.
You may be eligible to apply for an extension from within the UK but there are certain conditions you must meet and you will be required to remain in the UK until a decision is made which usually takes about 8 weeks.
You will usually need an unconditional offer to study with a licensed student sponsor and be able to show that your studies will be at a higher academic level than your current course. There are rules around when you should apply and the course start date. You may also be exempt from the financial requirement if you are applying from within the UK.
Your partner and children may be eligible to apply to join you in the UK.
Fees and Disbursements
You can view information about fees, disbursements and timescales on our SRA fee disclaimer page