Short-Term Study Visa
nationals planning to enter the United Kingdom to take short-term courses with
recognised educational institutions can apply for a Short-Term Study Visa.
specialist entry permit is designed specifically for non-EEA nationals who
intend to spend no longer than 11 months studying in the United Kingdom. Where the duration of a course is 12 months
or longer, the applicant will require a Tier 4 Student Visa.
Study Visas are issued in accordance with several important restrictions that apply
to all students for the duration of their visit. While studying in the UK
having obtained a Short-Term Study Visa, the recipient is forbidden from the
- Studying at schools
financed through public funds
- Carrying out any business
or paid work whatsoever
- Extending or switching
- Accessing public funds
(grants, benefit payments)
- Bringing family members
into the UK without their own individual visas
is essential as your Short-Term Study Visa must be submitted no later than
three months prior to your intended date of entry. It can take up to three
weeks to learn the outcome of your application, so it pays to leave plenty of
time to allow for delays and complications.
- The applicant must be
able to verify a formal offer of a place by a recognised UK educational
- Financial evidence must
also be provided to verify that the applicant can cover both their living costs
and all applicable course fees, without claiming benefits.
are additional requirements for applicants under the age of 18, which include:
- Arrangements must be made
ahead of time for the applicant’s travel to and accommodation upon arrival in
the United Kingdom.
- Formal permission must
also be provided from their parent or guardian to attend a course in the UK.
offer from an educational institution will only be deemed valid if the
educational provider holds a valid Tier 4 sponsor licence. If not, the course
you intend to take must be provided by an institution listed under one of the
- Accreditation Body for Language Services
- Accreditation Service for International Colleges
- Accreditation UK
- Bridge Schools Inspectorate
- British Accreditation Council
- Education and Training Inspectorate (in Northern Ireland)
- Estyn (in Wales)
- HM Inspectorate of Education (in Scotland)
- Independent Schools Inspectorate
- Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)
- Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
- Schools Inspection Service
General Rules for Short-Term Study Visa Applicants
your Short-Term Study Visa application is successful, you’ll be expected to
abide by certain rules while studying in the United Kingdom. Examples of which
include the following:
- You must exit the United
Kingdom upon completion of your course or after six months, whichever comes
- The maximum permitted
duration of stay under a Short-Term Study Visa is 11 months.
- Applicants are restricted
to courses with recognised institutions taught in the English language only.
- It is forbidden for
students with Short-Term Study Visas to undertake any kind of paid work
- No free healthcare is
available on the NHS, with the exception of accidents and emergencies.
- Successive visas must not
be applied for to continue studying in the United Kingdom beyond the 11-month
in the United Kingdom can be an enjoyable, enriching and life-changing
experience. Nevertheless, the legal aspects of gaining appropriate clearance to
enter UK in the first place must be prioritised.
your initial assessment with Aristone Solicitors, we’ll discuss your
requirements, your current situation and the options available. We’ll help you
take the next big step on your educational journey, providing the legal support
you need at a price you can afford.
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our individual immigration team today to book your obligation-free