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The Tier 4 (Child) student category is for children coming to the UK to be educated between 4 and 17 years old. Children between 4 and 15 years old must be educated at independent fee-paying schools.

It is not possible for a Tier 4 (Child) student to study at a publicly funded school. Tier 4 (Child) students may only study at a publicly funded Further Education College which is able to charge for International Students, and then only once they are aged 16 or 17 years old.

A student and his/her Tier 4 sponsor can agree whether the student applies as a Tier 4 (General) or Tier 4 (Child) student if the student is 16 or 17 years old and studying a course at or above National Qualification Framework level 3. A student must apply as a Tier 4 (Child) student if he/she wants to study at National Qualifications Framework level 2, or below.

Depending on the country where you live, you may need to make your application online or using application form VAF9. All applicants must also complete and submit the relevant version of Appendix 8 of the form. The date of your application must be no more than 6 months after the date when your Tier 4 sponsor assigned your confirmation of acceptance for studies to you.

As part of your application, you will need to enrol your fingerprints and facial image (known as 'biometric information') at a visa application centre.

Select your country in UKVI country finder to find out:

  • how to apply in your country
  • the location of our visa application centres
  • how long the UKVI generally takes to process visa applications
  • how your documents will be returned to you.

How long can a Tier 4 (Child) student come to the UK for?

Your age and the length of your course of study will affect how long you can stay.

Age when you apply How long you can stay
Under 16 Course length (up to 6 years) plus 4 months afterwards
16 or 17 Course length (up to 3 years) plus 4 months afterwards

You can arrive in the UK:

  • up to 1 week before your course starts if your course lasts 6 months or less
  • up to 1 month before your course starts if your course lasts more than 6 months

If a Tier 4 (Child) student turns 18 years old, he/she can carry on with his/her course until his/her permission to stay ends. If he/she wants to do further study in the UK, he/she will have to apply under another category, for example Tier 4 (General).

If a Tier 4 (Child) 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 the same length of time plus the usual post-course period allowed.

Our Services For Entry Clearance Application As A Tier 4 Child Student

We can represent you in your entry clearance application and do all the work until decision by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) on your application. Our work will include:

  • the completion of the paper or online application form;
  • advising you on the relevant requirements, relevant laws and procedures;
  • advising you on the relevant documents to be submitted in support of your application;
  • considering the contents of such documents and discussing the same with you;
  • advising you on the weaknesses and strengths of your application; and
  • preparing a cover letter wherein we will explain in detailed how all the relevant requirements of the entry clearance are being satisfied.

The completed application will be forwarded to the applicant outside the UK who will sign the same and forward the application along with all the supporting documents to the relevant British Embassy/High Commission/Consulate for a decision to be made by them.

Where necessary, we will also liaise with the Entry Clearance Officer for an expeditious decision on your application.

Why Sunrise Solicitors For Your Entry Clearance Application As Tier 4 Child Student?

The immigration solicitors at Sunrise Solicitors are experts in dealing with applications for  UK Visa as Tier 4 Child Student. 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 solicitors in London, Manchester or Birmingham in relation to your application for UK Visa as a Tier 4 Child Student and our immigration solicitors will provide you fast, friendly, reliable and professional immigration service.

Our Fees For Entry Clearance Application As A Tier 4 Child Student

  • We will charge you a fee from £1000 (No VAT) for our professional immigration services in relation to your entry clearance application as Tier 4 Child Student. 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 matter, you can pay half of the fee at the time of instructing us and rest of the fee can be paid by monthly installments.
  • The agreed fee will cover all our work until decision by the Home Office on the 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.