What all under-18 students need to apply for entry clearance

A complete list of requirements for the students


24th December 2009: If you apply for entry clearance or, in the case of non-visa nationals permission to enter at a port in the UK under the new provision, you will need to satisfy the entry clearance or immigration officer that you are under 18.

You also need to satisfy the authorities concerned that you intend to leave the UK on completion of the exchange or educational visit, which must not last for more than six months.

Also required is information that a school as described in paragraph 46A (viii) of the Immigration Rules has approved the exchange scheme or educational visit – you should produce, for example, a letter from the school or the organisation arranging the exchange.

You will further be requires to give assurance that suitable travel, reception and care arrangements are in place for your stay here.

You will be required to tell there are sufficient funds for your support; and the care arrangements that are in place for you comply with relevant UK care requirements.

The care arrangements should also meet the requirements described in paragraph 46A (iv) of the Immigration Rules, if you are under 16 or under 18 if you are disabled and will be cared for full-time for more than 28 days by adults who are not your parents or close relatives.

Further requirement includes information that you have a parent or guardian in your home country who is responsible for your care and who confirms that they consent to the visit and to any foster care arrangement.

You should provide, for example, a letter from them confirming this; and you are not intending to study at an educational institution that holds a Tier 4 sponsor licence or accreditation from an accreditation body approved by the UK Border Agency, or that is inspected by a public review body (Ofsted, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education, Estyn, Northern Ireland’s Education and Training Inspectorate, or the Independent Schools Inspectorate).

The changes to paragraphs 46A (iv), on foster care arrangements, and 46A (vii), on inspection by public review bodies, will apply in relation to all child visitors.

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