Tier 4 General Student
Immigration Lawyers for Students
At Westkin, we take student immigration cases seriously.
We have developed a strong reputation for being dynamic, approachable and above all else, professional. We pride ourselves on giving honest, clear and effective advice in all aspects of immigration law.
Our immigration lawyers are available to assist you with all your immigration matters, from initial immigration applications to the Home Office through to immigration appeals before the Asylum & Immigration Tribunal.
Our specialist international student immigration service is unique amongst the legal industry. We work closely with international student officers at major universities to make strong and detailed applications to the UK Border Agency which ensure our student clients always get the best results.
We deal with:
– Applications to enter the UK as a student;
– Applications to extend or remain in the UK as a student;
– Applications to move from one college / university to another;
– Applications from students where their previous college has closed down.
Don’t take our word for it. We are recommended by leading educational institutions, including the prestigious International Student House.
Immigration for Students – the basics
The student provisions in the immigration rules can form the basis of an application for entry, limited work and in the right circumstances for settlement in the United Kingdom.
Coming to the UK as a student
The immigration permission to come to the UK is called leave to enter. You will need to obtain this before coming to the United Kingdom.
You make an immigration application with attached documents in order to prove to the immigration authorities that the following criterion is made out:
If you wish to study in the United Kingdom, you must be able to show that you have been accepted on a course of study at an institution that:
- Is on the Tier 4 register of sponsors; and
- has issued you with a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies) Number.
- You will also need to show that you have enough maintenance funds (money) to fulfil the UKBA requirements.
Extending your immigration stay as a student
If you are in the United Kingdom you can apply to extend your stay as a student. This is called obtaining leave to remain. You need to show the same as above.
Please note that the immigration authorities require student applicants to apply for a “biometric immigration document”.
Please contact experienced immigration lawyers for more assistance with this.
Immigration for students – A final word
As is well known the UK benefits from heavily from the immigration and presence of foreign students. We endorse the words of Lord Justice Sedley in OBED (& Others) in July 2008:
“Before we turn in detail to our reasons, it is relevant to recall that the admission of foreign nationals to study here is not an act of grace. Not only does it help to maintain English as the world’s principal language of commerce, law and science; it furnishes a source of revenue (at rates which, by virtue of an exemption from the Race Relations Act 1976, substantially exceed those paid by home students) of frequently critical budgetary importance to the United Kingdom’s universities and colleges as well as to many independent schools. We therefore find it unsurprising that the legislation and rules, correctly construed, do not place arbitrary or unnecessary restrictions on what foreign students can study here. It does not require evidence to remind us that it is not uncommon for a student to realize that he or she has made an unwise choice, or perhaps is being poorly taught, and to change courses or institutions with beneficial results.”
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