A new category of Student Visitor has been introduced for short-term students who wish to study in the UK. Temporary students are those who are studying on courses of 6 months duration or less.
- The category allows for short term students to undertake a short period of study during their visit to the UK;
- The Student Visitor is required to meet the requirements of the rules relating to visitors;
- In addition he/she will also have to demonstrate that he/she has been accepted on a course of study provided by an organisation which is included on the Register of Education and Training Providers;
- The maximum period of leave allowed in this category is six months;
- There are no provisions for Student Visitors to extend their leave in the UK or switch in-country to any other category. If they wish to follow a further course of study they must return to their home country and obtain a student visa.
- Any leave granted in this new category will be counted as a period spent as a visitor for the purposes of considering an in-country application for visitor leave.
- Only those over the age of 18 may apply in this category
Visa nationals who want to enter the UK under this type should apply for entry clearance prior to arrival in the UK. Non-visa nationals do not need entry clearance prior to arrival but will need to assert their intentions to the Immigration Officer on arrival. They will be required to show evidence that they can meet all the requirements of the Immigration Rules, Paragraph 56K
Requirements for leave to enter as a student visitor
The necessities to be met by a person seeking leave to enter the United Kingdom as a student visitor are that they:
- are genuinely seeking entry as a student visitor for a limited period as stated by them, not exceeding six months; and
- have been accepted on a course of study which is to be provided by an organization which is included on the Register of Education and Training Providers; and
- intend to leave the United Kingdom at the end of their visit as stated by them; and
- do not intend to take employment in the United Kingdom; and
- do not intend to engage in business, produce goods or provide services within the United Kingdom, including the selling of goods or services direct to members of the public; and
- do not intend to study at a maintained school; and
- will maintain and accommodate themselves and any dependents adequately out of resources available to them, without recourse to public funds or taking employment; or will, with any dependents, be maintained and accommodated adequately by relatives or friends; and
- can meet the cost of the return or onward journey; and
- are not a child under the age of 18.
The latest fee of Student Visit Visa which has announced the UK border agency is £65.