Child Student Visa: A UK Guide

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The Child Student visa allows international students between the ages of 4 and 17 to study at independent schools in the UK. This visa category was designed to provide young learners with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the British educational system, by accessing both high-quality schooling and to experience life in the UK.

Studying in the UK on a Child Student visa not only provides immediate educational benefits but also sets the foundation for a successful and global career, offering a unique combination of advanced learning environments, cultural exposure, and personal growth opportunities that are hard to match.

In this guide, we set out the key requirements and application process to come to the UK under the Child Student route.

Complications can often arise in relation to the supporting documentation, and providing sufficient evidence that prove the eligibility criteria have been met. For expert guidance on a specific application, contact our UK immigration specialists.

 

Section A: Overview of the Child Student Visa

 

1. What is a Child Student Visa?

 

The Child Student visa is a specific UK visa category that allows children between the ages of 4 and 17 to study at independent schools in the United Kingdom. This visa category provides the necessary legal authorisation to reside and study in the country for the duration of their educational course.

The main purpose of the Child Student visa is to facilitate access to the UK’s world-class education system for young international students, ensuring they can live and study in a secure and legally compliant manner while benefiting from the UK’s high educational standards.

The Child Student visa replaced the Tier 4 (Child) student visa in 2020. This route is only suitable for under 18s; students over the age of 18 should apply for the Student visa.

 

2. What does the Child Student visa allow?

 

The Child Student Visa offers a structured and secure way for young international students to experience the educational excellence of the UK while ensuring they remain focused on their academic and personal development.

Understanding the permissions and restrictions associated with this visa is essential for making the most out of the educational opportunity and complying with UK immigration laws.

Child Student Visa holders are allowed to:

 

a. Study

The primary purpose of the Child Student Visa is to enable the holder to study at an accredited independent school. The student must be enrolled in a course that meets the standards of the National Curriculum or equivalent frameworks.

 

b. Participation in School Activities

Visa holders can participate in school-related activities and events, which might include sports, clubs, and social gatherings organised by the school. These activities are designed to enhance the educational experience and promote cultural integration.

 

c. Travel

Students can travel in and out of the UK during their stay, which allows them to return home during school holidays or visit other countries as long as they maintain their visa status.

 

d. Extend their Stay

Provided they continue to meet the eligibility criteria, students can apply to extend their Child Student Visa. This can be to continue their current course or to begin a new course at the same institution.

 

e. Switch to Another Visa Category

After their course ends, if students meet the criteria for another type of visa, such as the Student Visa for higher education, they may apply to switch categories within the UK.

 

3. Duration of Visa

 

The duration of the Child Student Visa depends on the age of the student and the length of the course of study.

Students aged under 16 at the time of their application can stay in the UK for the duration of their course length, up to six years, plus four months afterwards. Those aged 16 or 17 can stay for the duration of their course, up to three years, plus four months afterwards.

Once the course has ended, students are usually allowed to stay for an additional four months to allow them to complete any post-study activities or prepare for further education if transitioning to another visa category.

 

4. Benefits of Studying in the UK on a Child Student Visa

 

Studying in the UK under a Child Student Visa offers numerous benefits that can enhance a young student’s educational and personal development, as well as their future career prospects.

Advantages of studying in the UK on a Child Student Visa include:

 

a. High-Quality Education

The UK is renowned for its excellent educational standards and rigorous academic environment. Independent schools in the UK often provide superior educational programs that are respected worldwide.

 

b. Cultural Exposure

Students gain significant exposure to a new culture, enhancing their adaptability and global awareness. The multicultural environment of the UK helps students from abroad develop international relationships and cultural sensitivity, which are valuable in the globalised world.

 

c. Language Skills

Immersing in the English-speaking environment of the UK significantly enhances English proficiency, which is a critical skill in the global job market and for further education.

 

d. Access to Specialised Programmes

Many UK independent schools offer specialised programs in arts, sciences, and sports, which might not be available in the child’s home country. These programs can provide unique learning opportunities and experiences.

 

e. Comprehensive Support Systems

Schools often have well-developed support systems for international students, including language support, counselling services, and integration activities, which help ease the transition to a new educational system and culture.

 

f. Pathway to Higher Education

Completing education from a reputed UK school often makes it easier to gain admission into top universities in the UK and other countries. The academic credentials obtained are highly regarded worldwide.

 

g. Improved Career Opportunities

Graduates who have studied in the UK are highly sought after by employers worldwide. The skills, experiences, and education obtained through the UK education system are a significant advantage in the job market.

 

h. Development of a Global Network

Studying in the UK allows students to build a network of peers and professionals from around the world, which can be invaluable for personal and professional development throughout their careers.

 

i. Personal Development

The experience fosters independence, self-reliance, and maturity as students navigate living and studying in a new country. These personal skills are essential for all areas of life.

 

j. Visa Flexibilities

Upon completing their studies, there may be opportunities to extend their stay for further education or training under different visa categories, which can provide further educational and professional opportunities.

 

5. Differences Between Child Student Visa and Other UK Student Visas

 

The UK offers several visas for international students, each designed with specific purposes and eligibility requirements to best fit the educational and developmental needs of different age groups and educational levels.

Applying for the correct visa type ensures that the student can fully benefit from the intended educational opportunities without facing legal or administrative complications. It also prevents potential delays or rejections in the application process, which can arise from mismatched visa categories.

The Child Student Visa differs from other types of UK student visas in the following ways:

 

a. Age and Education Level Specificity:

The Child Student Visa is exclusively for children aged 4 to 17 who wish to study at independent schools. In contrast, the Student Visa is aimed at individuals aged 16 or over who want to pursue higher education at colleges or universities.

 

b. Type of Institution

This visa is only applicable for study at private independent schools. It does not permit study at public-funded schools, colleges, or universities, which are accessible through the Student Visa.

 

c. Guardianship Requirements

Applicants under the age of 18 applying for a Child Student Visa must have appropriate arrangements for their care and accommodation in the UK, often necessitating a legal guardian or close relative in the UK. The general Student Visa does not require such arrangements for applicants over 16.

 

d. Duration of Stay

The length of stay allowed on a Child Student Visa usually aligns with the duration of the course of study, plus some additional time before and after the course, but it is specifically tailored to the school term durations. In contrast, the Student Visa provides more flexibility in duration, often depending on the length of the college or university course.

 

e. Dependents

Child Student Visa holders cannot bring dependents to the UK, whereas Student Visa holders studying at postgraduate level or government-sponsored students studying longer courses can bring family members with them.

 

Section B: Child Student Visa Eligibility Criteria

 

The Child Student Visa is designed to allow young international students to access private education in the UK. To be eligible for this visa, applicants must meet specific criteria related to their age, residency status in their home country, and their educational plans.

Child Student visa applicants will have to prove they meet the following requirements:

 

1. Age Requirements

 

Applicants must be aged between 4 and 17 years old at the time of application. This age range is strictly adhered to, ensuring that the visa is specifically used for school-age children.

Children aged 4 to 15 must be coming to the UK to be educated at an independent fee-paying school. Teenagers aged 16 to 17 can apply under this visa if they are enrolled in further education at an independent school but not at a higher education institution.

 

2. Applicant’s Home Country Status

 

Applicants must prove that they have a permanent residence in their home country and do not intend to stay in the UK indefinitely. This involves demonstrating ties to their home country, such as family bonds or future educational commitments.

 

3. Guardian Consent

 

Parental or other legal guardian consent is required to apply for the Child Student visa. In addition, proof of arrangements for their travel to, reception and care in the UK will also be required.

 

4. Educational Requirements

 

Applicants must have an unconditional offer of a place on a course at an independent school that holds a valid Sponsor Licence.

The course must be in line with either the National Curriculum, the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) at level 3 or above, or accepted as equivalent by the independent school education inspection standards.

The visa application must also be supported by evidence that the student will be studying at a higher academic level than what they have completed in their home country.

 

5. Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies

 

The Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) is a unique reference number issued by a UK-based educational institution that has been approved by the UK government to sponsor international students. The CAS links the student to the specific course and institution for which their visa is granted and includes important information such as the course details, fees, and the duration of the study.

By issuing a CAS, the educational institution confirms that the applicant has met all the necessary requirements to study in the UK. This includes language proficiency and academic qualifications.

The CAS also details the amount of tuition fees paid and the amount due, which is crucial for proving the financial requirements of the visa application.

Without a CAS, the visa application cannot be completed. The CAS number must be entered as part of the online visa application form.

 

6. Financial Requirements for the UK Child Student Visa

 

Securing a Child Student Visa for the UK requires proving that the child has access to sufficient funds to cover their educational and living expenses during their stay.

Applicants must show that they have paid the tuition fees in advance or have enough money to cover their course fees for the entire academic year, which can last up to nine months.

In addition, depending on the student’s intended living arrangements while in the UK, the following requirements may have to be met in relation to living expenses:

 

a. Living Expenses if Living with Parent or Guardian 

Parents can only accompany their children on a Child Student visa in the UK if they themselves hold a special “Parent of a Child Student visa.” There is an age restriction, however. Parents of students over 12 years old won’t be eligible for this visa unless they have a younger sibling under 12 with a Child Student visa as well.

A living expense requirement of £1,560 per month applies to the student and parent for the 9-month period of study.

If the student has siblings under 12 also on a Child Student visa, each of them will require an additional £625 per month for their living expenses.

 

b. Living Expenses if Boarding at a UK School 

In addition to tuition fees, the student also needs to show they have enough money to cover living expenses, including accommodation, for the same nine-month period. This is often referred to as “boarding fees” in the context of student visas.

 

c. Living Expenses if Living Independently 

Child students aged 16 or 17 who will be living independently in the UK will need to meet specific financial thresholds.

The UK government sets different minimum monthly living expense requirements depending on the location of the studies.

If studying outside of London (including the surrounding boroughs), the minimum monthly living expense requirement is £1,023 for the nine-month period.

If attending school within London, the student needs to show access to at least £1,334 per month for up to nine months. This higher amount is meant to reflect the generally higher cost of living in the capital city.

 

d. Living Expenses if LIving with a Close Relative or Foster Carer 

There are specific financial requirements for students applying for a Child Student visa in the UK if they are not being supported by a parent.

If the Child Student is being looked after by a foster carer or a close relative, they will need to provide financial support. This relative must be a British citizen or hold settled status (indefinite leave to remain) in the UK. Importantly, they cannot be their biological parent.

The minimum amount a foster carer or relative needs to show is £570 per month for the same nine-month period. This ensures the student has sufficient financial resources to cover their living expenses while studying in the UK.

 

e. Exemption to the Financial Requirement 

Applicants for a Child Student visa in the UK may be exempt from proving their financial means under certain conditions.

The first exemption applies to those who have already held a valid UK visa for at least twelve months leading up to their Child Student visa application. However, these applicants must also be physically present in the UK at the time of applying.

There is a separate exemption for applicants from countries listed under the “differential evidence requirement.” This includes British nationals overseas and citizens from a designated list of countries and territories.

 

Section C: UK Child Student Visa Application Process

 

Applying for a UK Child Student Visa involves a detailed process that requires careful planning and timely submission of all necessary documents.

 

1. How to Apply for a Child Student Visa

 

The following are the key stages to follow to make the visa application:

 

Step 1: Confirm Eligibility

Verify that the child meets all the eligibility requirements for the Child Student Visa, including age, education level, and having an offer from an accredited independent school.

 

Step 2: Gather Documentation

Assemble all required documents needed for the application, as detailed below.

 

Step 3: Complete the Online Application

Fill out the visa application form online via the UK Government’s official website. This form will require detailed information about the child’s background, education, and the specifics of their planned study.

 

Step 4: Pay the Visa Fee and Healthcare Surcharge

As part of the application process, pay the visa fee and the healthcare surcharge, which grants access to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) during the stay.

 

Step 5: Schedule and Attend a Biometric Appointment

Schedule an appointment at a Visa Application Centre (VAC) to provide biometric information (fingerprints and a photograph).

 

Step 6: Submit the Application

Submit the completed application along with all supporting documents either online or at your biometric appointment, depending on local VAC procedures.

 

Step 7: Wait for a Decision
The processing time can vary, but typically, decisions are made within three weeks for applications made outside the UK.

 

2. Supporting Documents for the Child Student Visa

 

Along with the application form, supporting documents will need to be provided to prove the eligibility requirements are met. The specific documents can vary with each application. Our UK immigration specialists can advise on the specific documents to submit with your application to ensure you meet the evidentiary criteria. As a minimum, you should expect to have to provide:

 

a. Current Passport or Other Valid Travel Identification.

b. Proof of Consent from Parents or Legal Guardians: Including signed consent for the application, travel, and care arrangements in the UK.

c. Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS): Issued by the registered school, which confirms the offer of a place.

d. Proof of Financial Means: Evidence showing that the child or parents can support the cost of schooling, living expenses, and accommodation without recourse to public funds. This money must have been held for at least 28 consecutive days. The end date of the 28-day period must be within 31 days of the date you apply for your visa.

e. Academic Records: As required to support previous education claims.

f. Accommodation Details: Confirmation of where the child will live during their stay in the UK.

g. Scholarships: If the child is awarded a scholarship, a letter from the institution granting the scholarship must be included. This letter should detail the amount of the scholarship and what costs it covers (tuition, living expenses, etc.).

 

3. Application Timeline

 

Generally, decisions are made within 3 weeks of the application date if applying from outside the UK. This can vary based on the country of application and specific local conditions.

If applying from outside the UK, the earliest you can apply for a Child Student Visa is six months before the start of the course. Processing from overseas typically takes up to three weeks.

If applying from within the UK by switching visa categories, the earliest you can apply is three months before the course start date. However, you must ensure the current visa does not expire, and the new course must begin within 28 days of the current visa expiring. Speak to our UK immigration advisers to understand the timings and avoid issues such as falling out of lawful status.

Applications to switch into the Child Student route typically take eight weeks to process.

 

4. Processing Fees

 

It costs £490 to apply for the Child Student Visa.

In addition, the applicant will also have to pay the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge for each year of the child’s intended stay. This is charged at a discounted rate of £776 per year.

 

5. Application Tips

 

Navigating the application process for a UK Child Student Visa can be complex and demanding. To maximise your chances of a successful application, follow these practical tips:

 

a. Thorough Preparation: It’s vital to prepare all aspects of the application meticulously, from selecting the right school to ensuring all supporting documents are accurately presented.

 

b. Professional Guidance: With advice from our UK immigration experts, you can simplify the application process and increase your chances of success.

 

c. Support Systems: Look for schools with strong support systems for international students, which play a crucial role in helping students adjust to a new educational system and culture.

 

d. Financial Planning: Ensure financial sustainability is demonstrated not just for tuition but also for living expenses, with additional funds to cover unexpected costs.

 

Section D: Case Studies

 

DavidsonMorris are leading UK immigration advisers. The following case studies (names have been changed) illustrate examples of our experience and expertise in helping overseas families achieve their educational aspirations for their children.

 

Case Study 1: The Sharma Family from India

 

The Sharma family wanted their 12-year-old daughter to study at a prestigious independent school in London to receive a high-quality education and improve her English skills.

They started by consulting with an educational consultant who helped them select a school that offered a strong programme in the arts, aligning with their daughter’s interests. After receiving an offer from the school, we then supported the application for the Child Student Visa.

Their initial application was delayed due to incomplete financial documentation showing proof of funds for tuition and living expenses.

Outcome

It is crucial to ensure that all financial documentation is comprehensive and clearly supports the application. After resubmitting their application with complete financial statements and a detailed sponsorship letter from Mrs Sharma, their visa was approved.

 

Case Study 2: The Nguyen Family from Vietnam

 

The Nguyens aimed for their 15-year-old son to join a boarding school in Scotland to benefit from its renowned educational standards and develop his independence.

They chose a school that offered a robust science programme and provided boarding facilities. They completed the visa application, including a CAS from the school, and scheduled the biometric appointment promptly.

Their son felt anxious about integrating into a new cultural environment and managing his studies. Our experts were able to signpost the family to support services and resources to help their son prepare for his new chapter. The school also provided excellent support for international students, including a dedicated guardian and mentor.

Outcome

The visa process was smooth, and their son settled well. Emotional preparation and support are as important as logistical and financial arrangements. Ensuring the chosen school offers comprehensive support for international students can alleviate integration challenges.

 

Case Study 3: The Abdi Family from Kenya

 

The Abdi family wanted their two children, ages 14 and 16, to attend an independent school in Manchester that offers an International Baccalaureate programme.

With the help of an agency, they identified a school that matched their educational expectations and handled the visa application process for them.

Initially, they underestimated the living cost requirements for Manchester, affecting their proof of maintenance funds.

Outcome

Under our guidance, the family was able to reassess their financial position and demonstrate sufficient funds for both children and their visas were granted.

Accurately estimating living costs and financial requirements in different UK cities is essential. Preparation for financial requirements should include a buffer to accommodate unforeseen expenses.

 

Section E: Choosing the Right School in the UK

 

Selecting an appropriate independent school in the UK for a child with a Child Student Visa is a crucial decision that can impact their educational journey and future opportunities.

 

1. Tips for Selecting an Appropriate Independent School

 

a. Research Accreditation and Inspection Reports:
Ensure the school is accredited by a reputable body, such as the Independent Schools Council (ISC) or the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). These organisations ensure schools maintain high standards of education and care.

Review inspection reports which are often available on the school’s website or through the inspecting body’s website. These reports provide valuable insights into the quality of education, student care, and management.

 

b. Consider the School’s Curriculum

Evaluate whether the school follows the National Curriculum for England or offers international curricula like the International Baccalaureate (IB) or the Cambridge International Examinations. Choose a curriculum that best suits the child’s educational background and future academic goals.

 

c. Assess Location and Facilities

The school’s location is important for logistical ease and the type of lifestyle the child will have. Consider factors like climate, accessibility, and proximity to major cities.

Check the facilities offered by the school, such as science labs, art studios, sports facilities, and libraries. Well-equipped facilities can provide a more enriching educational experience.

 

d. Examine Extracurricular Offerings

Extracurricular activities are crucial for holistic development. Look for schools that offer a wide range of activities that match the child’s interests, whether in sports, arts, or clubs.

 

e. Review Past Academic Performances

Academic achievements, such as GCSE or A-level results, are indicators of a school’s quality. High performance may reflect strong teaching quality and a supportive learning environment.

 

f. Visit the School

If possible, visit the school to get a sense of the environment and culture. Meet with teachers and staff to discuss their approach to international students. This can also help gauge how well the child might adjust and thrive there.

 

2. School Accreditation and Educational Standards

 

The UK is known for its rigorous educational standards, particularly in independent schools that often exceed national averages in examination results.

These schools usually offer a broad, balanced curriculum that not only focuses on academic excellence but also on developing skills such as critical thinking, creativity, and independence.

Standards are also enforced through regular assessments and qualifications such as GCSEs and A-Levels, which are recognised worldwide and highly valued by universities and employers.

Accreditation by bodies like the ISI or the Schools Inspection Service (SIS) is essential as it ensures the school meets specific quality standards concerning its curriculum, faculty qualifications, student care, and governance.

Accreditation also ensures that the school is monitored regularly, maintaining a consistently high standard of education.

 

Section F: Legal Guardians for Young Students in the UK

 

When young international students come to study in the UK on a Child Student Visa, certain rules regarding legal guardianship apply to ensure their safety and compliance with UK regulations.

 

1. Rules About Legal Guardianship in the UK

 

a. Requirement for a Legal Guardian

It is mandatory for all international students under the age of 18 studying in the UK on a Child Student Visa to have a legal guardian in the UK. This guardian is responsible for the student’s welfare while they are in the UK.

 

b. Role of the Guardian

The guardian acts as the local point of contact and takes responsibility for making decisions in the event of an emergency, such as healthcare decisions or repatriation.

They also support the student’s school application and may handle communications between the school and parents abroad.

 

2. Choosing a Guardian

Guardians can be relatives or family friends living in the UK, or professional guardianship services can be appointed. In either case, they must be vetted to ensure they are suitable and capable of taking on this role.

Many agencies provide guardianship services and are accredited by organisations like AEGIS (The Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students), which sets the standards for safe and effective guardianship.

 

3. Legal Documentation

Written consent from the parents or legal guardians must be provided, designating the UK guardian and outlining their responsibilities. This consent should be detailed and included in the visa application process.

 

Section G: Accommodation Options for Child Students

 

One of the most important decisions when a child is coming

The choice of accommodation will be pivotal to the student’s experience of the UK. These arrangements not only ensure compliance with UK laws but also provide peace of mind for the parents and a supportive environment for the student.

All accommodation options must meet the UK’s legal standards for the housing of minors. Schools and agencies often have their accommodation inspected regularly to ensure compliance with safety and welfare regulations.

Whichever accommodation is chosen, it should provide a stable environment that supports the student’s educational and personal development, with access to necessary facilities and easy reach of the school.

 

1. Boarding School

Many independent schools offer boarding options where students live on campus in dormitories. This is a popular choice as it provides a secure, supervised environment where students can live, eat, and study.

 

2. Homestay

Living with a UK-based family is another option, particularly for younger students or those attending day schools. Homestay arrangements are often organised through the school or a reputable agency that conducts background checks to ensure the environment is safe and welcoming.

 

3. Private Arrangements

In some cases, students might live in private accommodations arranged by their parents. This could involve renting an apartment or house, often with a caretaker. These arrangements are less common and generally suitable for older students.

 

Section H: Summary

 

For families considering options for their child’s education, the UK remains a world-class destination, offering a rich educational heritage and a supportive environment for young learners.

International students must have the relevant visa to access the UK’s education system. The UK’s Child Student Visa is a dedicated route for children between 4 and 17 years old who have secured a place at an accredited independent school in the UK.

By planning carefully and meeting all visa requirements, the UK Child Student Visa not only opens doors to prestigious educational institutions, it also lays a solid and highly valuable foundation for future academic and professional success as well as personal development.

 

Section I: Frequently Asked Questions About the UK Child Student Visa

 

Who needs a Child Student Visa?
Foreign national children aged between 4 and 17 years old who wish to study at an independent school in the UK need a Child Student Visa.

 

What are the main requirements to apply for this visa?
The main requirements include having an unconditional offer from an accredited independent school, proof of financial support for tuition and living expenses, consent from parents or legal guardians, and suitable accommodation arrangements in the UK.

 

How long can a child stay in the UK on a Child Student Visa?
The visa duration is typically tied to the length of the course plus a short period before and after the course. For courses longer than six months, the extra time given is usually up to 1 month before and four months after the course.

 

Can the visa be extended?
Yes, Child Student Visas can be extended to continue the same course or start a new course at the same school, provided the eligibility criteria continue to be met, and the school is still a registered sponsor.

 

Are family members allowed to accompany the child to the UK?
No, children on a Child Student Visa cannot bring family members (‘dependents’) with them. Parents must arrange for their child’s guardianship and accommodation in the UK, either with a family friend, relative, or through a professional guardian service.

 

What happens if the visa application is refused?
If a visa application is refused, the refusal letter from the Home Office will explain the reason for the decision. Applicants have the right to apply for an administrative review if they believe there has been an error in the handling of their visa application.

 

Is healthcare included during the child’s stay in the UK?
Yes, children on a Child Student Visa are required to pay the health surcharge as part of their application, which entitles them to access the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK on the same basis as a UK resident.

 

Can a child work while on a Child Student Visa in the UK?
No, children on a Child Student Visa are not allowed to work, including part-time or holiday jobs. This restriction ensures that they focus solely on their studies.

 

How much bank balance is required to show for the visa application?
The exact amount varies depending on the school’s location (inside or outside London). Applicants must show that they have sufficient funds to pay the first year of tuition and living expenses for up to 9 months, with specific amounts outlined by the UK Home Office.

 

How can parents ensure compliance with all legal requirements for their child’s education in the UK?
Parents should ensure that all application forms are completed accurately, all required documents are provided, and that they stay informed about the conditions of the visa. Contact DavidsonMorris for specialist legal advice and support with your child’s application.

 

Section J: Glossary of Terms for the UK Child Student Visa

 

Child Student Visa: A visa category that allows children aged between 4 and 17 to study at an independent school in the UK. It is part of the UK’s points-based immigration system.

Independent School: A school that is not funded by the government but by tuition fees paid by students’ families. These schools are often referred to as private schools and offer diverse educational programs.

Points-Based Immigration System: The system used by the UK government to handle immigration, where applicants must score a certain number of points to be eligible for a visa. Points are awarded based on criteria such as having a valid offer from a school, proving financial stability, and meeting the English language requirement.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS): An official document issued by a licensed education provider in the UK that confirms an international student has been accepted to study a course at their institution. It is required for the visa application.

Healthcare Surcharge: A fee paid by visa applicants to access the National Health Service (NHS) during their stay in the UK.

Biometric Information: Personal data that involves collecting a visa applicant’s fingerprints and photograph. This information is used for identification purposes during the visa application process.

Legal Guardian: An adult who is legally responsible for a child other than the child’s parents. In the context of the Child Student Visa, a legal guardian in the UK must be arranged to take responsibility for the child during their stay.

Accreditation: Official recognition that an organisation meets the required standards of quality. In the context of schools, accreditation is granted by bodies such as the Independent Schools Inspectorate or the School Inspection Service.

Sponsor Licence: A certification that educational institutions must have to sponsor international students for a visa under the UK’s points-based immigration system. It ensures that the institution meets certain standards and obligations.

National Curriculum: The framework used by most schools in England to ensure that teaching and learning are balanced and consistently cover certain knowledge and skills that children need to learn.

AEGIS (The Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students): An organisation that accredits and supports guardianship in education, ensuring international students under 18 are cared for appropriately during their study in the UK.

Administrative Review: A process available to visa applicants who believe their visa was wrongly refused or an error was made during the decision-making process. This review is done by the Home Office officials not involved in the original decision.

 

Author

Founder and Managing Director Anne Morris is a fully qualified solicitor and trusted adviser to large corporates through to SMEs, providing strategic immigration and global mobility advice to support employers with UK operations to meet their workforce needs through corporate immigration.

She is a recognised by Legal 500 and Chambers as a legal expert and delivers Board-level advice on business migration and compliance risk management as well as overseeing the firm’s development of new client propositions and delivery of cost and time efficient processing of applications.

Anne is an active public speaker, immigration commentator, and immigration policy contributor and regularly hosts training sessions for employers and HR professionals

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