Other Visas

Student Visa (aged 16+)

If you are planning to study in the UK, you need to apply for either a child student (aged 4- 17) visa or a student visa (aged 16+) You can stay in the UK for the duration of your course.

Student Visa (aged 16 +) Requirements

  • Meet the English language requirement:
  • Degree level + – CEFR level B2
  • Below degree level – CEFR Level B1

Visa Duration

  • Length of your course

Child Student Visa (aged 4 – 17)

If you plan to send your child to study in the UK, you need to apply for a child student (aged 4-17) visa.

Child student Visa Requirements (aged 4- 17 years)

  • Unconditional offer of a place to study from a independent school
  • Show that you can support yourself financially, pay course fees, living expenses from parents or guardians
  • Have parental consent to study in the UK

Visa Duration

  • 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

Parent of a Child Student Visa

If you wish to accompany your child to study in the UK, you can apply for Parent of a Child Visa:

Parent of a Child Student Visa

  • Be the only parent accompanying your child in the UK
  • Your child must be between 4-11 and studying in an independent school
  • Have enough money to support yourself and your child in the UK
  • Maintain your main home outside the UK
  • Plan to leave the UK when your visa expires (either when child’s visa expires or up until they turn 12)

Visa Duration

  • Length of your child’s course or up until they are 12 (whichever comes first)

Long Residence (10 Years)

You can apply to settle in the UK if you’ve been in the UK legally for 10 continuous years (known as ‘long residence’).

Requirements

  • You must have permission to stay (‘leave to remain’). This can be in any immigration category, or a combination of different immigration categories
  • Been in the UK legally for 10 years (known as your ‘continuous residence’)

Continuous residence is time you’ve spent in the UK without gaps

You can leave the UK during the continuous residence for up to:

  • 180 days at a time
  • 540 days in total
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