Student Visas

(Formerly Tier 4 Student)

Key Features

There are two types of student categories;

a) Adult student – for adult students aged 16 years old and over, coming to the United Kingdom to study full time.

b) Child student – for children aged between 4 and 17 years old who will study full time at an independent fee paying school.

The Education Provider otherwise known as the ‘Sponsor’ must have a License issued by UK Visas & Immigration.

The Visa Letter
The Sponsor will issue a visa letter which is an official and unconditional offer of a place on a course of study. The visa letter must be issued no more than 6 months before a visa application is made.


Money required

The money needed must cover the course fees for your first year of study and living costs for up to a maximum of nine months.

The money must be held in cash and have been in the possession of the applicant for at least 28 days.

The following amount of money must be shown to meet basic living costs (not including fees)

  • £1,265 per month if living in London
  • £1,015 per month if living outside London

Note that there are exemptions to the financial requirement, depending upon your nationality, also known as the ‘Differential Evidence Requirement’.

Proof of the money can be shown by way of;

  • Cash in an account in your name or;
  • A loan in your name or;
  • Official financial or government sponsorship

General conditions of stay in the United Kingdom

  • If at a publicly funded university – work no more than 20 hours a week during term time
  • If at a publicly funded FE college – work no more than 10 hours per week during time
  • If at another institution – no work at all
  • No right to bring family members unless on a post-graduate course of more than 12 months

If you’d like MediVisas to assess your eligibility as a Student under the Tier 4 System or conduct a document check before you submit you application

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