Global Alerts

United Kingdom – New Student Visa Replaces Tier 4

Effective October 5, 2020, the current Tier 4 (General) and Tier 4 (Child) routes will close and be replaced with the new Student Route and Child Student route. These routes will apply to both EEA and non-EEA students traveling to the UK to study.

Those with current Tier 4 visas will not be affected. However, EEA nationals will lose the right of free movement and will require a visa to study.

Among the changes to the new student route are the following:

  • increased switching permissions
  • removal of eight year limit on studying courses at the postgraduate level
  • maintenance funds no longer required for applicants that have spent over one year in the UK on their current visa

Those who may be affected are encouraged to contact an immigration specialist for case-specific advice.

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