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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 UKBA country finder to find out:

  • how to apply in your country
  • the location of our visa application centres
  • how long the UKBA 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?

The length of stay a Tier 4 (Child) student can have will depend on their age. A Tier 4 (Child) student under 16 years old can be given:

  • the length of stay a Tier 4 (Child) student asks for; or
  • the length of a Tier 4 (Child) student’s course; or
  • six years;

whichever is shortest, plus four months after the end of the course.

A Tier 4 (Child) student who is 16 or 17 years old can be given:

  • the length of stay a Tier 4 (Child) student asks for; or
  • the length of a Tier 4 (Child) student’s course; or
  • three years;

whichever is shortest, plus four months after the end of the course.

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 lawyers in London 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.
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  • Tier 4 Child Student Visa - FAQs
  • 1. What is the child student category?

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

    Tier 4 (Child) students cannot study at publicly funded schools. The only publicly funded education providers that can teach Tier 4 (Child) students are publicly funded further education college which are able to charge for international students.

    If you are 16 or 17 years old and you want to study a course at or above National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level 3, you and your Tier 4 sponsor can agree whether you should apply to the UKBA under Tier 4 (Child) or Tier 4 (General). If you want to study at NQF level 2 or below, you must apply as a Tier 4 (Child) student.

    You cannot be a Tier 4 (Child) student if you have any children who are living with you or for whom you are financially responsible.

  • 2. What courses can you do as a Tier 4 Child student?

    A child student can do a course that is:

    • taught in line with the National Curriculum; or
    • taught in line with the National Qualifications Framework (NQF); or
    • accepted as being at the same academic level as the National Curriculum or the NQF by Ofsted in England, the Education and Training Inspectorate in Northern Ireland, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education in Scotland or Estyn in Wales; or
    • taught in line with existing (prevailing) independent school education inspection standards.

    Additionally, you can do a short course to prepare you for your main course of study, if your chosen main course meets one of the conditions above. These short courses are sometimes called 'pre-sessional' courses.

  • 3. 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 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 us 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 we 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.