Studying In The UK

Key contact

Morton Fraser Partner Stuart McWilliams
Stuart McWilliams
Stuart is an accredited specialist in immigration law and a partner in our Litigation division in Glasgow. 
0141 530 5849

The UK remains one of the top of destinations for international students, and Tier 4 Student visas are one of the most commonly issued visas. However, despite the number of visas issued there are still a large number of refusals every year.

How we can help you

There are separate visa categories for children studying at independent schools, and older students looking to apply to Universities. Each has their own requirements but the general principles are:

  • Students need to be sponsored by the school or University
  • Students need to be able to demonstrate they are suitably qualified to study their course and, if they have already studied in the UK, it represents progress from their previous studies
  • Students need to have sufficient money to pay their course fees and living costs 
  • Students have to speak English to the required level, sometimes the school or University will be able to certify that this is the case
  • There are limits on how long someone can spend in the UK as a Tier 4 Student, but from 2021 there will be a two year post study visa available for some graduates

It is important to get the timing of your application right as processing times can be extended when there are a high number of applications, and leaving your application to the last minute can result in you missing the start of your course.

Our expert immigration team deal with these applications on a regular basis and act for individuals across the world. We can give you clear advice on:

  • The documents needed for the application to avoid a refusal
  • The application process you will need to follow 
  • The long term considerations for you, and what you will need to do to be able to stay in the UK long term

We offer a range of fixed fee packages for variety of different areas of work including:

  • Providing advice on how to apply
  • Preparing visa applications for you
  • Checking your application and reviewing supporting documents 
  • Providing a covering letter for the application

If you would like to discuss how we can help with the application process please get in touch.