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Adult Student Visa: how long can I stay under Tier 4?

Under the new Rules come into force on 6 April 2012, the UK government introduced a five-year time limit for study at bachelors and masters degree level, with certain exemptions for longer courses and doctorates at higher education institutions.

The Home Office believes that this will ensure that the student route serves its proper role as a means of temporary entry to the UK, not of achieving permanent settlement here.

If your application is successful, your student visa will now allow you to stay in the UK for the whole duration of your course, plus additional time, depending on the type and length of your course) after your course finishes.

At the end of that time, you must leave the UK unless you have applied to extend your stay or to switch into another immigration category.

 

MAIN COURSE OF STUDY (including student union sabbatical officers): full length of course plus: 

  • (course of 12+ months): additional 4 months;
  • (course of 6-12 months): additional 2 months
  • (course of less than 6 months): additional 7 days

SHORT COURSE OF STUDY to prepare you for study: full length of course plus: 

  • (course of 12+ months): additional 4 months;
  • (course of 6-12 months): additional 2 months
  • (course of less than 6 months): additional 1 month

 

POSTGRADUATE DOCTORS AND DENTISTS ON A RECOGNISED FOUNDATION PROGRAMME: The full length of the course (up to a maximum of 3 years) plus one month after the end of the course.

 

 

by FOREIGNERS IN UK

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  Disclaimer: The above article is meant to be relied upon as an informative article and in no way constitutes legal advice. Information is offered for general information purposes only, based on the current law when the information was first displayed on this website. 
You should always seek advice from an appropriately qualified solicitor on any specific legal enquiry. For legal advice regarding your case, please contact a specialised solicitor. 

 

 

  Disclaimer: The above article is meant to be relied upon as an informative article and in no way constitutes legal advice. Information is offered for general information purposes only, based on the current law when the information was first displayed on this website. 
You should always seek advice from an appropriately qualified solicitor on any specific legal enquiry. For legal advice regarding your case, please contact a specialised solicitor. 

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