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Entry Clearance - Tier 4 Child Student

The Tier 4 (Child) student category is for children between the age of 4 and 17 years old, who intend to come to the United Kingdom for the main purpose of being educated. For children between the ages 4 and 15, they must receive their education from independent fee-paying schools.

Studying in a publicly funded school with the Tier 4 (Child) category is impossible. The Tier 4 (Child) is only permitted to study at a publicly funded Further Education College once they are aged 16 or 17 years old because of the school’s ability to charge for International Students.

A student of age 16 or 17 years who wishes to study a course that is at or is above National Qualification Framework level 3, can together with his/her sponsor agree as to whether the application should be made for the Tier 4 (Child) Student category or the Tier 4 (General) Student category. However, in a situation whereby the individual wants to study at Qualification Framework level 2 or below, he/she must then apply for the Tier 4 (Child) student category.

Making use of the online application method or the application form VAF9 is dependent on the country in which you reside. Hence, the applicant is expected to complete and submit the relevant version of Appendix 8 of the form. The date on which the individual’s application is made should not exceed 6 months of the date in which the sponsor of the individual gave the confirmation of acceptance for study to the applicant.

At the Visa application centre, the biometric data of the applicant will be captured i.e. fingerprints and facial image, as part of the application process.

You will need to select your country from the United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) country finder so you can gain better information on:

  • In what way or manner should application be done in your country
  • visa application centres located in your country.
  • The length of time required for the processing of your visa application by the UKBA
  • In what way or manner your documents would be returned to you.
    • How long can a Tier 4 (Child) student come to the UK for?

      If the Tier 4 (Child) student is less than 16 years old, he/she may receive:

      • the length of stay a Tier 4 (Child) student asks for;
      • the length of a Tier 4 (Child) student’s course; or
      • six years;

      The shortest one among the three, and an additional four months after the conclusion of the course.

      If the Tier 4 (Child) student is 16 or 17 years, he/she may receive:

      • the length of stay a Tier 4 (Child) student asks for;
      • the length of a Tier 4 (Child) student’s course; or
      • three years;

      The shortest one among the three, and an additional four months after the conclusion of the course.

      Even if the Tier 4 (Child) student becomes 18 years old during the course of study, he/she will be permitted to continue with the course of study until the elapse of the granted leave. On the other hand, if he/she wishes to continue studies in the UK, he/she will do so by making an application under another category like the Tier 4 (General).

      In a situation where the Tier 4 (Child) student has an official financial sponsor that takes charge of all cost of living and fees, who limits the time the student may study in the UK; the permission granted for stay to the student will be limited to the same time as stipulated by the sponsor including the additional time granted at the end of the course.

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