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The most common visa to come to the UK as a student is the Tier 4 student visa. If you wish to study overseas in the UK then this one is for you.
The eligibility criteria for obtaining Visa are mentioned below:
- Age should be 16 years and above
- Must have been offered a seat in a course
- Ability to support yourself, i.e. money to live independently.
- Passes/completed any standardised English language tests like, IELTS to prove you are well-versed with the English language.
- You should not belong to European Economic Area or Switzerland.
These are very simple visa requirements which are not difficult to fulfil. It is advised to apply for the visa three months before the commencement of the program. Your result of the application will be mailed or posted to you after three weeks of your application.
Let us have a look at what this visa can help you avail:
What you can do?
- Study in your college.
- Work as a student union sabbatical officer.
- Apply to extend your stay.
- Work in most jobs for part-time durations.
What you cannot do?
- Receive public funds
- Work in certain jobs, for example, jobs like professional sportsperson or sports coach is not covered under this visa.
- Study at an academy or a local authority-funded school
A points-based system is followed. You must have 40 points to qualify. These are divided as follows:
- 30 points for having a valid confirmation of acceptance into a college (also known as a 'Tier 4 sponsor'), and for having acceptable English language skills; and
- 10 points for having enough money (also known as maintenance or funds) to cover your course fees and living costs.These are the two very basic UK visa requirements. If these are approved, then you would most probably receive your visa. All visa applications to the UK should be submitted through the UK Border Agency or one of its commercial partners.