Studying in the UK

Many students from overseas choose to study in the UK – and for some that may require a visa. This may appear daunting – working with QualitySolicitors’ expert lawyers means we help with your application so that you can concentrate on your studies.

Having a visa means you can lawfully study in the UK. The rules that you need to understand form part of a points based system. It is based upon your place of study, your course and other factors such as how you plan to fund the course, your accommodation and what plans you have when you complete your course. If anything changes during your period of study you need to be aware of the proper process to follow here. It may seem daunting but expert legal advice can make this a much less worrying time than it may first appear.

QualitySolicitors’ Immigration lawyers have successfully assisted many students to gain their visa. We understand the application process so after you tell us your situation, we explain your options, timescales and likely costs. As we work with you, we keep in regular contact, so you never wonder what is happening. We also take time to explain any restrictions on your visa. And if you intend to work during holiday times or want your family to join you, we can explain how this works too.

Contact us today on 08082747557 and ask to talk to one of our expert immigrations solicitors.


Studying in the UK can provide international students with excellent career prospects due to the high-quality education and valuable qualifications they receive. They can also develop sought-after skills and benefit from a vast network of industry connections.

The UK government's Graduate Immigration Route allows international students to remain in the UK and work for up to two years after graduation, providing an opportunity to gain work experience and establish themselves in the UK job market. Overall, international students who study in the UK can gain a competitive edge in the global job market.

The Student route replaced the Tier 4 visa on October 5th, 2020. As a student on a Tier 4 visa, you may work full-time only on a temporary contract but not on a permanent one. International students on a visa are allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours per week during term time, while during the official vacation period, they can work full-time.

However, there are some restrictions, such as not being allowed to work in self-employment, own a business, work in the entertainment industry (paid or unpaid), or work in healthcare training unless enrolled in the foundation programme.

Students who meet the eligibility criteria may switch from a Tier 4 study visa to a Tier 2 (General) work visa according to the Home Office regulations.

To be eligible for the switch, they must satisfy several requirements regarding their course of study, job type, and salary.

As a full-time student or Tier 4 visa holder, you may bring your family with you to the UK as dependents if certain conditions are met.

These conditions include being government-sponsored and enrolled in a course lasting longer than six months, pursuing a postgraduate program lasting nine months or more, or holding a Doctorate Extension Scheme visa.

Individuals aged 16 or over may apply for a Student visa to pursue their studies in the United Kingdom, provided they meet specific requirements. These include having received an offer of admission from a licensed student sponsor, possessing adequate financial resources to cover their course expenses and living costs (which may vary depending on individual circumstances), demonstrating proficiency in English language skills, and obtaining parental consent if they are under the age of 18, for which evidence will be required during the application process.

For those aged 16 or 17 who intend to study at an independent school in the UK, the Child Student visa may be an appropriate option. It is worth noting that the Student visa has replaced the Tier 4 (General) student visa.

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