You can apply for extension of stay as a Tier 4 General student if you were previously granted permission to stay in the UK as a Tier 4 General Student and you wish to continue with your studies in the UK.  Tier 4 General is a Point Based Category and points are awarded for Confirmation Of Acceptance For Studies (CAS) and Funds for Maintenance. There is also a requirement that there should not be more than 28 days gap between the expiry of student's leave to remain in the UK and the start date of his course of study. If there is more than 28 days gap between the expiry of your leave to remain as a student and the start date of your new course, you are required to leave the UK and apply for entry clearance as a Tier 4 General Student from your country of nationality by submitting an application to the British Embassy or High Commission.

If an application for Tier 4 General student extension is made on or after 20 October 2014 and is refused by the Home Office, the refusal can only be challenged by way of Administrative Review and there will be no right of appeal against refusal of such application.

Curtailment decisions made after a Tier 4 applications made after 20 October 2014 do not have a right of:

  • administrative review, or
  • appeal.

Same Day Visa Service For Tier 4 General Student Extension

We are registered with the Home Office, UKBA, Public Enquiry Office (PEO), Lunar House, Croydon to provide Same Day Visa Service for Tier 4 General extension applications. Our immigration lawyers can prepare and submit your application to the Home Office, UKBA, PEO and get quick decision on the application. As Tier 4 General extension application requires biometrics of the applicant, you will have to attend the Home Office, Lunar House, PEO, Croydon with our legal representative on the day we will submit your application. The application submitted through our Same Day Visa Service is usually decided either same day or within 24 hours.

Why Sunrise Solicitors For Tier 4 General Extension?

The immigration solicitors at Sunrise Solicitors are experts in dealing with Tier 4 General Student extension applications. The quality of our service is self-evident from the reviews of our clients about the service provided by our immigration lawyers. You can Contact Us if you are seeking legal help from immigration lawyers in London in relation to your Tier 4 General Student extension application and our immigration solicitors will provide you fast, friendly, reliable, honest and professional immigration service.

Our Fees for Tier 4 General Extension

  • We will charge you a fee from £600 + VAT for our professional immigration services in relation to your Tier 4 General extension application through our same day visa service. The agreed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the matter.
  • If you cannot afford to pay our fee in full at the time of instructing us in relation to your Tier 4 General extension application, we may agree for you to pay half of the fee at the time of instructing us and rest of the fee to be paid by monthly installments.
  • The agreed fee will cover all our work until decision by the Home Office, UKBA on your Tier 4 General extension application. However, it is pertinent to note that the agreed fee will not cover any disbursements to be incurred by the company on your behalf e.g. translation of documents, Home Office fee etc.
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  • Tier 4 General Student Visa
  • 1. What is the Tier 4 (General) student category?

    The Tier 4 (General) student visa category is for adult students who want to come to or remain in the UK for their post-16 education.

    If you are 16 or 17 years old and you want to study a course at or above National Qualfication Framework level 3, you can apply under this category or under Tier 4 (Child) - you should discuss and agree this with your approved education provider (known as a 'Tier 4 sponsor'). But if you want to study English as a foreign language, you must apply as a Tier 4 (General) student.

  • 2. How many points you need to score to succeed in Tier 4 General Student application?

    As a Tier 4 (General) student, you must have 40 points to qualify for Tier 4 Geneal student visa. You can score:

  • 3. What is an acceptable course of study?

    You must be applying to:

    • study full-time in the UK on a course that meets the additional requirements below; or
    • undertake a recognised Foundation Programme as a postgraduate doctor or dentist in the UK; or
    • work as a student union sabbatical officer in the UK.

    If you will be studying full-time on a course other than a Foundation Programme, the course must also:

    • lead to a qualification at or above level 6 on the revised National Qualifications Framework (NQF) or its equivalents; or
    • be a short-term 'study abroad' programme as part of your higher education course at an overseas institution; or
    • be an English language course at or above level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR); or
    • be an English language course at any level, if you are a government-sponsored student; or
    • involve at least 15 hours per week of organised daytime study. 'Daytime' is 08:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday.

    If the course is below revised NQF level 6 or equivalent and is not an English language course or a study abroad programme, it must:

    • be approved at or above level 3 on the NQF or Qualifications and Credits Framework (QCF), or accredited at or above level 6 in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF), if you will be studying with a Highly Trusted sponsor; or
    • be approved at or above level 4 on the NQF or QCF, or accredited at ar above level 7 in the SCQF, if you will be studying with a sponsor that has an A (Trusted) or B (Sponsor) rating; or
    • be a pre-sessional course to prepare you for your main course of study in the UK.

    Level 3 of the NQF is equivalent to a UK 'A level'. Level 6 of the revised NQF is equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree.

  • 4. What is academic progression?

    If you have previously studied in the UK under Tier 4 (General) or under the student rules that were in force before 31 March 2009, your Tier 4 Sponsor cannot assign a CAS to you on or after 4 July 2011 unless:

    • your new course represents academic progress from your previous study; or
    • you are re-sitting examinations or repeating modules; or
    • you are making a first application to move to a new institution to complete a course that you started elsewhere.

    For example, you can be assigned a CAS to study for a new qualification at a higher academic level than your previous UK course, or to study for a qualification that complements or enhances your previous studies at the same level.

  • 5. Can you do extra studies while you are in the UK as a Tier 4 student?

    You are allowed to do extra courses (such as evening courses) in addition to your main studies. The course can be on any subject, and does not have to relate to your main course of study.

    You do not need to get the Home Office, UKBA permission in order to do extra studies, and you do not need to tell your Tier 4 sponsor. But you must ensure that the extra course does not stop you from doing the course that you have permission to stay for.

  • 6. How will your English language skills be assessed? (Applicants whose CAS is assigned on or after 21 April 2011)

    If you will be taking a course at NQF 6/QCF 6/SCQF 9 at a higher education institution, and you are not a gifted student or a national of a majority English-speaking country, your education provider must ensure that you:

    • have successfully completed an academic qualification, at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree, which was taught in a majority English-speaking country; or
    • have successfully completed a course as a Tier 4 (Child) student (or under the student rules that were in force before 31 March 2009, if you were given permission to stay in the UK while you were under 18 years old) - the course must have lasted for at least 6 months, and must have ended no more than 2 years before the date when your sponsor assigns your CAS; or
    • are proficient at CEFR level B2 in each of the 4 components of language learning (reading, writing, speaking and listening), by choosing its own method of assessing your English language ability.

    If you will be taking a course at NQF 6/QCF 6/SCQF 9 at any other institution, and you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country, your education provider must ensure that you have:

    • successfully completed an academic qualification, at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree, which was taught in a majority English-speaking country; or
    • successfully completed a course as a Tier 4 (Child) student (or under the student rules that were in force before 31 March 2009, if you were given permission to stay in the UK while you were under 18 years old) - the course must have lasted for at least 6 months, and must have ended no more than 2 years before the date when your sponsor assigns your CAS; or
    • passed an approved English language test that is still within its validity date, and achieved at least CEFR level B2 in all 4 components (reading, writing, speaking and listening) unless exempted from sitting a component by a test provider on the basis of a disability.

    If you will be taking a course at NQF 3-5/QCF 3-5/SCQF 6-8, and you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country, your education provider must ensure that you have:

    • successfully completed an academic qualification, at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree, which was taught in English in a majority English-speaking country; or
    • successfully completed a course as a Tier 4 (Child) student (or under the student rules that were in force before 31 March 2009, if you were given permission to stay in the UK while you were under 18 years old) - the course must have lasted for at least 6 months, and must have ended no more than 2 years before the date when your sponsor assigns your CAS; or
    • passed an approved English language test that is still within its validity date, and achieved at least CEFR level B1 in all 4 components (reading, writing, speaking and listening) unless exempted from sitting a component by a test provider on the basis of a disability.
  • 7. What is a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS)?

    A confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is a 'virtual document' similar to a database record. Your education provider (also known as your 'Tier 4 sponsor') will assign a CAS to you when they give you an unconditional offer of a place on a course.

    Each CAS has a unique reference number, and contains information about the course of study and the student's personal details.

    Your education provider will tell you your CAS reference number. They will also need to give you some of the information they used (such as the course details, the documents they used to assess your suitability, and the course fees) when they assigned the CAS to you. You will need this information when you apply to the Home Office, UKBA.

    A CAS is valid if it:

    • contains the same details as are in your passport; and
    • was assigned no more than 6 months before the date when you apply to the UKBA ; and
    • has not been withdrawn or cancelled by your education provider or by the UKBA.

    If you do not use your CAS to apply to the UKBA during the 6 months after it is assigned to you, it will expire and you will need to get a new CAS from your education provider. If you apply to the UKBA using a CAS that has expired, the UKBA will refuse your application.

    You cannot use a CAS more than once. If the UKBA refuse your application, and you want to apply again, your education provider will need to assign another CAS to you.

    The UKBA or your education provider can withdraw or cancel a CAS at any time. You cannot use a withdrawn or cancelled CAS in an application to the UKBA.

  • 8. How can I challenge the refusal of my Tier 4 General Student entry clearance?

    If your application for entry clearance as a Tier 4 General student has been refused by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO), you can file an Administrative Review agasint the refusal of your application within 28 days of the date of receipt of the refusal letter. The Entry Clearance Manager (ECM) will review the decision of the ECO in light of the grounds submitted in support of the Administrative Review Request.
  • 9. Will I get permission to work as a Tier 4 General Student?

    Where a Tier 4 (General) student is following a course at NQF 6/QCF 6/SCQF 9 or above with a sponsor which is: a Recognised Body or a UK Higher Education Institution, or is undertaking a short-term study abroad degree programme at an overseas Recognised Body or Higher Education Institution, the following work is allowed: part-time during term-time, which is no more than 20 hours a week; full-time during vacations; on a work placement as part of the course, providing the work placement does not amount to more than 50% of the course; as a postgraduate doctor or dentist on a recognised Foundation Programme; as a student union sabbatical officer for up to two years. Where a Tier 4 (General) student is following a course at NQF 3, 4 or 5/QCF 3, 4 or 5/ SCQF 6, 7 or 8, with a sponsor which is a UK Higher Education Institution, the following work is allowed: part-time during term-time, which is no more than 10 hours a week; full-time during vacations; on a work placement as part of the course, providing the work placement does not amount to more than 33% of the course; as a student union sabbatical officer for up to two years. Where a Tier 4 (General) student is following a course at any level with a sponsor which is a publicly funded further education college, the following work is allowed: part-time during term-time, which is no more than 10 hours a week; full-time during vacations; on a work placement as part of a course, providing the work placement does not amount to more than 33% of the course; as a student union sabbatical officer for up to two years. Where a Tier 4 (General) student is following a course at any level with a Tier 4 sponsor which is not: a UK Higher Education Institution, or a short-term study abroad degree programme at an overseas Higher Education Institution or a publicly funded further education college, he/she is not allowed to work whilst in the UK as a Tier 4 General Student.
  • 10. What is time limit for Tier 4 General Student to study in the UK?

    There is a time limit set by the UKBA for Tier 4 General students to stay in the UK as Tier 4 General Students. Time Limit To Study Courses Below UK Bachelors Degree Level A Tier 4 (General) student who is 18 years old or over is allowed to spend no more than three years in the UK studying below UK Bachelors degree level in his/her lifetime. The UKBA will not approve new leave for a Tier 4 (General) student to study below UK Bachelors degree level, if he/she has already been studying below UK Bachelors degree level for three years. These three years can be spent studying one course or a number of courses. This three year limit does not include any time that a Tier 4 (General) student has spent studying below UK Bachelors degree level under: the student rules that were in place before 31 March 2009; or Tier 4 (General) when they were 16 or 17 years old; or Tier 4 (Child) when they were aged 17 years or under; or any other non Tier 4 category which permits study. If a Tier 4 (General) student has official financial sponsorship which wholly covers their fees and living costs, and the financial sponsor limits the time he/she may study in the UK, the permission to stay will be limited to that length of time plus the usual post-course period allowed. Time Limit To Study Courses At Or Above Degree Level In addition to the 3 years of permitted study below degree level for Tier 4 (General) students and any time spent in the Tier 4 (Child) category, the time that a Tier 4 student can spend studying at or above degree level will be limited to 5 years, except in the following circumstances: Those Tier 4 (General) students studying a course at or above degree level in one of the following subject areas: Architecture; Medicine; Dentistry; Law, where the applicant has completed a course at degree level in the UK and is progressing to: the Common Professional Examination; the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course; or the Bar Professional Training Course. Veterinary Medicine & Science; or Music at a Conservatoire. Those Tier 4 (General) students studying for Master’s degrees at a Recognised Body or at a Higher Education Institution (HEI), following completion of an undergraduate degree where the duration of that degree course was 4 or 5 academic years. For these students the limit will be set at 6 years in total instead of 5. Those Tier 4 (General) students studying for a PhD at a Recognised Body or at an HEI providing that on completion of the PhD, the time spent in Tier 4 (General) student category will not exceed 8 years. If, as a result of the application for an extension of leave, the time spent in the category would exceed 8 years, the extension application will be refused. In calculating the maximum amount of time that a Tier 4 student spends studying at or above degree level, UKBA will only include the length of the course and will not take into account the additional periods of leave granted before or after the main course of study.
  • 11. How can you challenge the refusal of an application for switching into Tier 4 General visa or renewal of Tier 4 General visa?

    If your application for switching into Tier 4 General visa or extension of stay as a Tier 4 General student has been refused by the UKBA, you can appeal to the First Tier Tribunal within 10 working days from the date of the receipt of the refusal letter.
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  • Administrative Review - FAQs
  • 1. For which applications, Administrative Review option is available from inside the UK?

    Administrative review is available where an eligible decision has been made, which is currently when an in country Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 4 and Tier 5 application made is refused, or where a the afordesaid application is granted and a review is requested of the period or conditions of leave granted.

    The refusal of following applications made from inside the UK will result in refusal being challenged by way of Administrative Review from inside the UK:

    • Tier 1 and Dependants of Tier 1 Migrants
    • Tier 2 Migrants and Dependants of Tier 2 Migrants
    • Tier 4 Students and their Dependants
    • Tier 5 Migrants and Dependants of Tier 5 Migrants
  • 2. What is the time limit for seeking Administrative Review when an application has been refused by the Home Office from inside the UK?

    A request for administrative review must be made

    • within 14 calendar days from the date the applicant received the decision on his application from the Home Office, for migrants who are not detained, or
    • within 7 calendar days from the date of receipt of the decision, if the applicant is in immigration detention.

    Applications for Administrative Review submitted after the deadline has expired are normally rejected by the Home Office. The only exception to this is where the Secretary of State is satisfied that it would be unjust not to waive the time limit and the application was made as soon as reasonably practicable. The migrant may need to provide evidence to demonstrate why the Secretary of State should decide that it would be unjust to accept the out of time administrative review application. For example, if the migrant was prevented from making an in time application because they were admitted to hospital as an emergency admission for immediate treatment and a period of recuperation, a letter from the consultant will verify the dates of admission and discharge and the nature of the emergency treatment. In this case the migrant must make the application as soon as they are well enough to do so. It would not be acceptable to further
    delay making the application. The time limit will not be waived if there is no compelling reason why it was not possible to make an in time application.

  • 3. What is the time limit for seeking Administrative Review against the refusal of a PBS application by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO)?

    The deadline for seeking Administrative Review of a decision of an Entry Clearance Officer (ECO), where an out of country PBS application is refused, is 28 calendar days from the date of receipt of the notice of decision.

  • 4. Can I include my dependant in my application for Administrative Review?

    An applicant can only include a dependant in their administrative review request if that person (dependant) was a dependant on the original immigration application that led to the eligible decision.

    A child aged over 18 who was legitimately included in the application that is the subject of the administrative review, or
    was legitimately included but has reached the age of 18 since that date, may be included in the application.