Student Visa

Unlock the benefits of international students with our expertise in student visa processes and regulations.

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We recognise the immense value international students offer in infusing diverse perspectives, global connections, emerging talent and economic activity. 

As specialists in international student immigration, we simplify visa access so businesses can benefit from global skills and perspectives.

The Benefits Of International Students

International students uniquely contribute to the UK by:

  • Widening talent pools with multidimensional thinking
  • Furthering valuable cultural exchanges
  • Creating academic collaboration opportunities
  • Expanding consumer bases as new residents

Why Do I Need Legitimate Visas?

While the UK warmly welcomes international students, proper immigration protocols must legally be followed to unlock education and work opportunities.

Visas Are Your Gateway to Britain

Valid visas act as gateways to life-changing academic experiences in the UK, empowering people to unleash their full potential and make a global impact. They provide legal channels that enable you to harness expanded capabilities.

Visas Enable Compliant Contributions

When individuals arrive through legitimate procedures and present documents showcasing their ability to support themselves, they bring immense value.

Their diverse backgrounds and contributions enrich these communities by infusing culture and enhancing innovation. However, accessing opportunities for participation often requires navigating complex entry requirements.

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Fortunately Tann Law’s accredited experts ease stresses decrypting dense guidance documents dictating moves. 

We are here to assist you in identifying suitable visa options that align with your goals. We’ll work together to compile strong and comprehensive evidence packs that meet all requirements, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free journey to the UK.

How The Student Visa Process Works

Eligibility Criteria:

To apply for a Student Visa in the UK, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have been offered a place on a course by a licensed student sponsor.
  • You should have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course. The required amount may vary depending on your circumstances.
  • You must be able to speak, read, write, and understand English.
  • If you’re 16 or 17, you’ll need consent from your parents, and evidence of this consent when you apply.
Application Timing:

The timing of your application depends on whether you’re applying from inside or outside the UK:

Applying from outside the UK:
  • You can apply up to 6 months before your course starts.
  • You’ll typically receive a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.
Applying from inside the UK:
  • You can apply up to 3 months before your course starts.
  • You must apply before your current visa expires, and your new course must begin within 28 days of your current visa expiring.
  • You’ll usually get a decision within 8 weeks.
Duration of Stay:

The duration of your stay in the UK depends on the length of your course and your previous study in the country:

  • If you’re 18 or over and your course is at degree level, you can typically stay in the UK for up to 5 years. If it’s below degree level, the usual stay is up to 2 years.
  • Specific details about your stay duration can be found in the guidance provided.
Extending Your Stay:

If you’re eligible, you can extend your visa, keep studying, switch to a Student Visa from another visa, or transition to a Graduate Visa after successfully completing your course.

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Your Arrival In The UK

You can arrive in the UK before your course starts, with different time frames depending on your course duration:

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

Please ensure you do not travel to the UK before the start date specified on your visa, regardless of your course start date.

You may be able to bring your partner and children (dependants) with you.

What You Can and Cannot Do:

With a Student Visa, you can study and work as a student union sabbatical officer. 

The extent of your work opportunities depends on your study program and term-time restrictions. However, you cannot claim public funds (benefits) and pensions, work in certain jobs, be self-employed, or study at an academy or local authority-funded school.

The Course Process

To apply for a Student Visa, you must have an unconditional offer of a place on a course with a licensed student sponsor. 

Your education provider will provide a reference number known as a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), which you’ll need before applying for your visa.

You can pursue a variety of courses, including full-time and part-time options, English language courses, foundation programs for postgraduate doctors or dentists and more.

Postgraduate Doctors and Dentists:

If you’re sponsored for a recognised foundation program and meet specific criteria, you can apply for a Student Visa, provided you’ve completed a recognised UK degree in medicine or dentistry.

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Why Choose Tann Law Solicitors for Student Visa Guidance?

We proudly specialise in providing comprehensive guidance on student visas, ensuring a smooth application process.

Our experts ensure accurate and complete documentation, reducing delays or rejections.

We clarify work rights for international students, making it easier for businesses to legally hire them.

We then inform businesses about post-study work opportunities and assist in connecting with international graduates. Additionally, we offer guidance on internship programs and legal requirements.

We also help establish educational institution partnerships for talent acquisition.
At Tann Law Solicitors, we believe in harnessing the potential of student visas for business growth and success.

Additional Information

Are you ready to embark on your educational journey in the United Kingdom? Applying for a Student Visa is your gateway to pursuing academic excellence and personal growth in one of the world’s most renowned educational destinations. Whether you’re a prospective student or a parent seeking information, here’s what you need to know about the Student Visa application process.

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