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Child Student Visa

The Child Student Visa was implemented in place of the Tier 4 (Child) Student Visa. It allows international child students the opportunity to study at fee paying independent schools within the UK.

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    What is the Child Student Visa?

    The Child Student Visa was implemented in place of the tier 4 Child Student Visa. It allows international students from overseas to enter the UK to study in any eligible British study institute.

    If you are granted a Child Student Visa, it allows anyone under the age of 16 to remain in the UK for the length of their study course, plus an additional 4 months after. Typically, the period can last up to six years.

    For those aged 16 to 17, you are authorised to stay in the UK for the length of your study course which is usually up to 3 years.

    Non UK and Irish citizens wishing to study in the UK on a Child Student Visa may apply. However, there is some criteria that needs to be met in order for a child student to be eligible to apply for a UK visa. A successful applicant must have the following:

    • An unconditional offer from an eligible independent school in the UK
    • Written consent from their parent or allocated guardian, stating they give their permission for the child to study in the UK
    • Display proof of a suitable income to fund the course itself and to support living in the UK
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    Who can apply?

    The criteria to apply for a UK Child Student Visa is strict, so it is important to ensure that the specified criteria fully applies to you to allow consideration of your Child Student Visa Application.

    Children from overseas aged 4 to 17 must ensure that they meet the following criteria guidelines:

    • You must have a confirmed place in a fee-paying, independent school within the UK
    • You must submit your application form in the required time constraint
    • You must be issued with CAS (confirmed acceptance for studies)
    • Confirmed written consent from a parent or legal guardian
    • Sufficient funds to satisfy the course and living requirements in the UK
    • Adequate English language skills (to the desired level)
    • Evidence of qualifications required
    • No record of overstaying or breaching a visa
    • Evidence that the child plans to return home from the UK after the course has ceased

    How to apply

    You can apply for a Child Student Visa online. It can be a very intricate process, so in order to ensure that you have the best possible chance of acceptance, it is essential to ensure you get everything right during the application form process.

    Before the you consider submitting an application form, you will be required to apply to your chosen independent fee paying school in the UK for gain an unconditional offer from them. Once this is in place, you may submit an application along with supporting documents. After this has been processed, you may be required to attend a biometrics appointment and following that, an interview in a visa application centre.

    If you are applying from outside the UK, you can apply for a Child Student Visa six months in advance of your course date commencement.

    For those applying within the UK, you can apply three months prior to your course start date.

    Required documents

    As with any UK visa application, the applicant must meet the requirements to supply the relevant supporting documentation. Child Student Visa applicants, must supply the following documents:

    A valid passport or travel document

    Conformation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

    Evidence that you meet the minimum funds requirement (Bank or Building Society statements)

    Confirmation of consent from a parent or legal guardian

    Proof of payment for course and tuition fees (to include accommodation costs)

    Certified translations of documents into a language other than Welsh or English

    If you are unsure if you have the correct documents, or you need assistance in accessing them, a trained immigration lawyer can offer advice. All of the requirement documents must be submitted before any entry clearance can be considered.

    As with any UK visa application, the applicant must meet the requirements to supply the relevant supporting documentation. Child Student Visa applicants, must supply the following documents:

    • A valid passport or travel document
    • Conformation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
    • Evidence that you meet the minimum funds requirement (Bank or Building Society statements)
    • Confirmation of consent from a parent or legal guardian
    • Proof of payment for course and tuition fees (to include accommodation costs)
    • Certified translations of documents into a language other than Welsh or English

    If you are unsure if you have the correct documents, or you need assistance in accessing them, a trained immigration lawyer can offer advice. All of the requirement documents must be submitted before any entry clearance can be considered.

    How many points are needed?

    In order to be considered for the child student route of accessing a visa, you must meet the points requirement of 5o study points and 20 financial points.

    To obtain the 5o study points, you must meeting the below requirements:

    • Confirmation of an offer to study in a UK independent school
    • An eligible course
    • An eligible independent fee paying school in the UK
    • Aged between 4 and 14 years of age
    • Confirmed parental consent

    In order to obtain the 20 points for finances, you must have enough money to meet the finance guidelines. You are required to provide evidence of this.

    What are the financial requirements?

    In order to be eligible for a Child Student Visa, you must meet the financial requirements in order to fund the course fees and to maintain living independently in the UK during the study period of up to 6 years. You will be required to show proof of your financial means in conjunction with your application. The financial requirements for each applicant will depend on your living arrangements.

    For child students living with a private foster carer or a close relative who is a British citizen or has settled status- at least £570 per month for each month of your course.

    For child students living with a parent or legal guardian- A parent with one line child is required to provide £1,560 per month for a maximum of 9 months. For those with more than one child, £625 per month.

    For child students aged 16 and 17 who are living independently- you will be required to show proof you have £1,334 per month if studying in London. For those outside of the capital, £1,023 will suffice.

    For those attending a residential independent boarding school- you must have enough funds to pay the course and boarding fees for one year.

    It is important to note that those applying for a Child Student Visa must also have enough to fund at least one academic year of course fees and accommodation fees.

    If you are planning on funding the course with a student loan, you must have held the fund requirement for a minimum of 28 days.

    I am the Parent of a child with a Student Visa

    As the parent of a Child Student Visa holder, you may be eligible to stay in the UK with your child. In order to do so, you must apply for a parent of a Child Student Visa.

    To be eligible to apply, you must meet the criteria set out:

    • Your child is aged between four and eleven years old
    • Your child is attending an independent school in the UK
    • You are the only parent accompanying your child to study in the UK
    • You anticipate to continue maintaining your primary residence in your home country
    • You demonstrate that you have firm plans to leave the UK once your visa expires

    You can remain in the UK until your child turns 12 or their UK child student visa expires. After this time it may be possible to apply for an extension.

    If your child will remain on a study course in the UK after the age of 12, you must ensure appropriate care arrangements are made to support them.

    During your time in the UK you must be aware of things that you are not permitted to do. These include: work, study or start a business. In addition, You are not permitted to make the United Kingdom your permanent place of residence.

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      Securing the very best education opportunities for your child can be paramount. Obtaining a UK Child Student Visa can seem like a daunting task due to its complex application process. Immigration Advice Service have a team of immigration lawyers who are experts in UK visas ready to assist you on your journey to being granted a Child Student Visa.

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                Frequently Asked Questions

                The Child Student Visa allows international students aged 4 to 17 to stay in the country for the length of their course, usually up to six years.

                The visa will be issued based on the length of the course intended to study by the applicant. If when the student turns 18 they wish to study higher education the in UK, they will have to apply under the student visa route.

                For applicants who apply 6 months in advance from outside of the UK, it is likely that you will receive a decision within three weeks of applying.

                For those applying three months in advance from within the UK, you will possibly hear back within eight weeks.