Tier 4 Child Student Visa
Tier 4 Child Student Visa
The Tier 4 Child Student visa category is for non-EEA nationals aged between 4 and 17 years old who wish to study in the UK.
If you are aged 18 or over and wish to complete a course of study in the UK then you should apply for a Tier 4 General Student visa instead. Students who are 16 or 17 can apply for either visa if studying a course at or above level 3 of the National Qualifications Framework.
In order to qualify for a Tier 4 Child Student visa, you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that:
You are aged between 4 and 17;
You have been offered an unconditional place on a course of study with an education institution holding a Tier 4 Sponsor Licence;
You are able to support yourself financially and pay for your course (the exact amount of money required will vary depending on your circumstances).
You will also need to have written consent from your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) confirming that you can travel to, and live independently in, the UK.
Children between 4 and 15 years old must be educated at independent fee-paying schools. Children between the ages of 16 or 17 years old may study at publicly funded Further Education Colleges provided that the College is able to charge for International Students and the child is a fee-paying student. It is not possible for a Tier 4 Child Student to study at a publicly funded school.
What else do I need to know about the Tier 4 Child Student visa?
Your offer of a place on a course of study at a UK education institution holding a Tier 4 Sponsor Licence must be unconditional, and must be one of the following:
A course that is taught in line with the National Curriculum, the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) or the independent school education inspection standards;
A pre-sessional study course (i.e. a short course to prepare you for your main course);
A course that is accepted as being at the same academic level as the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), HM Inspectorate of Education (in Scotland), Estyn (Wales), Education and Training Inspectorate (in Northern Ireland) or Independent Schools Inspectorate.
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
Once you have been offered a place on a course of study, your education provider will send you a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) reference number. You must apply for your Tier 4 Child Student visa within 6 months of receiving your CAS.
The amount of money that you will need in order to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that you will be able to support yourself financially without recourse to public funds will vary depending upon your care arrangements in the UK.