Choosing what and where you study can be an exciting but daunting experience, especially if you’ve chosen to study in the UK from abroad. Or it may be that you are nearing graduation or have just graduated and have outstanding entrepreneurial skills that have been recognised by your UK university. Perhaps you’re wanting to travel to the UK to undertake work experience, training or to be part of an overseas government language programme, research or fellowship project via an exchange scheme. The question is, which visa applies to you and what happens if you want to remain in the UK after it has expired?
There are a number of visa applications that apply to students and those seeking to enter the UK for work experience and the like, including, but not limited to the following:
A Standard Visitor visa grants you permission to undertake a short course of study that lasts no longer than 6 months.
A Short-term study visa permits you to come to the UK to study an English language course that is over 6 months but no more than 11 months.
A Student visa is usually for a longer course i.e., a degree. You must be sponsored by a licensed college or university and have a confirmed place. You may be able to do some work on this visa.
A Child Student visa is for 4- to 17-year-olds who want to study at an independent school. If you’re 16 or over, you can do some work on this visa.
A Tier 5 Visa – whilst these applications cover a number of scenarios, they also apply to those looking to enter the UK for an internship/work experience, or a research or fellowship project you are looking to undertake via an exchange scheme.
Moving abroad is a huge step, especially if you’re young and leaving family and friends behind. At Valemus we recognise that you will have a lot on your mind already without the worry of completing the right visa forms and paperwork. It is vitally important to find the right immigration lawyer, to navigate you through your visa application successfully the first time. Our immigration solicitors are here to support and guide you through your application including completing the forms and providing you with outstanding legal advice, so that you can focus on your big move rather than getting bogged down by process and paperwork.