Study Visa

Before an individual can apply for a visa to study in the UK, such individual or their parents or those responsible for them, would have to ensure that they choose the right category of immigration as there are different categories in regards to the issuing of study visas. The different categories are as follows:

  • Tier 4 (General) – For adults who want to come to the UK for their post-16 education.
  • Student visitor – For adults who want to study a short course in the UK and will not work while they are here
  • Prospective students – For people who need to finalise their arrangements for their Tier 4 course of study in the UK.
  • Tier 4 (Child) – For children aged between 4 and 17 years old on a long course of study.
  • Child visitor – For children who want to study a short course in the UK and will not work while they are here.
  • Students under the old immigration rules – Information for students who are currently in the UK under the rules that were in place before 31 March 2009.

Once the visa has been issued, the institution for study, should that be at the primary level, secondary level or university level should already have been sorted out. Otherwise, the authorities dealing with the issuing of visas will not issue any visas unless there is proof that the individual has already gotten a place in one of the institutions. For more information on how to register at a school, please go to the section entitled, "Education"