Immigration Short-term Study Visas
You can come to the UK to study a short-term course without the need for going through the Points Based System.
You can do a short course of study in the UK such as an English language or training course. You could also undertake a course or a period of research as part of a degree course being studied outside the UK.
A short-term study visa will normally be valid for six months. If your course is English language only then it may be valid for 11 months.
You can stay in the UK for the length of your study and must intend to leave the UK within 30 days of the end of your study. In limited circumstances you may be allowed to stay in the UK beyond 30 days after your course has completed.
If you do not leave the UK within a prescribed time period it can affect future immigration applications.
You will not be allowed to do any kind of work, work placement or work experience during your study time in the UK, to do this you will need to apply to enter as Tier 4 student.
You must meet the following requirements:
- Be at least 16 years of age;
- You do not intend to study at an academy or state-funded school;
- You do not intend to study in the UK for extended periods;
- You intend to leave the UK within 30 days of the end of the study;
- You do not intend to pursue a business or take self-employment in the UK or employment, including paid or unpaid work, work placement or work experience in the UK;
- You have enough funds to meet the cost of your return or onward journey from the UK;
- You will be maintained and accommodated adequately without recourse to public funds; and
- You intend to study all courses at an education provider which either holds a Tier 4 sponsor licence, is accredited and inspected by a specified body or is an accredited overseas higher education institution.
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