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UKVI Visa Process

Bishopstrow College is a Child Student Sponsor, licensed by UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) to issue Child Student visas.

From 5 October 2020, the Student route will replace the Tier 4 route.

The Student route, which falls under the UK’s new points-based immigration system, improves on the previous Tier 4 route making for a more streamlined experience for both sponsoring institutions and students.

Visas that have been issued through the Tier 4 route are still valid and those eligible will still be able to apply for the Graduate Route when it opens in summer 2021.

The Graduate Route will be available to international students who have completed a degree at undergraduate level or above at a Higher Education Provider with a track record of compliance and who have a valid Student (or Tier 4) visa at the time of application.

More information about the UK’s new points-based immigration system can be found here.  Further guidance for EU, EEA and Swiss students, who from 1 January will need to comply with the new system can be found here.

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens resident in the UK before 31 December 2020 should apply to the EU settlement scheme.

Applicants who want to study at the College can apply for a Child Student visa if they are aged between 4 and 17 years.  They must also:

  • Have a place on a course at Bishopstrow;
  • Have the consent of their parent or guardian;
  • Have enough money to cover their course fees and living costs;
  • Meet the eligibility requirements, namely, an unconditional offer of a place on a course with Bishopstrow, or another licensed Student or Child Student Sponsor (if that Sponsor has a Teaching Partnership in place with the College); and enough money to support themselves and pay for their course.

If your student requires a visa to study at the College, please contact Tessa Howard-Vyse, Director of Marketing and External Relations at enquiries@bishopstrow.com for further information.

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