You can apply for a Child Student visa if you're between 4 and 17 years old and you want to study at an independent school in the UK.

If you need legal advice or help with a UK visa application or any other immigration matter, get in touch with our highly experienced immigration solicitors in London on  0203 432 6006 or fill in our online enquiry form.

Eligibility requirements

You must:

  • have an unconditional offer of a place on a course at an independent school
  • be able to show you'll have access to enough money to support you in the UK and pay for your course
  • have the consent of your parent or guardian to study in the UK - you'll need to prove this when you apply

If you're 18 or over, apply for a Student visa instead. This visa has replaced the Tier 4 (Child) student visa.

You must meet all other requirements depending on your circumstances.

What you can and cannot do

You can study at an independent school.

If you're 16 or over you can work:

  • part-time during the term for up to 10 hours per week
  • full-time during vacations
  • on a work placement as part of your course (but not for more than 50% of your course)

You cannot:

  • study at an academy or a local authority-funded school (also known as a maintained school) or further or higher education institution
  • get public funds (benefits)
  • take a full-time permanent job or be self-employed
  • work as a professional sportsperson (for example a sports coach) or entertainer
  • apply for settlement
  • bring family members ('dependants') - if a parent wants to accompany you, they'll need to apply for a Parent of a Child Student visa visa

Why choose Western Solicitors

  • Expertise: Our solicitors are legal experts in the field of immigration law and have years of experience in handling immigration cases.
  • In-depth knowledge: Our immigration solicitors keep up to date with the latest changes and developments in immigration law. This means they can provide you with the most up-to-date and accurate advice on your specific immigration issue.
  • Support: We will provide you with the necessary support and guidance throughout the immigration process. We will advise you on any legal requirements or potential obstacles that may arise.
  • One-stop service: We will advise you about eligibility criteria, requirements, and required supporting documents. We will prepare your whole application and submit it to the Home Office.
  • Time-saving: Applying for any type of visa or citizenship can be a complex and time-consuming process. By using our service, you can rest assured that your application will be prepared and submitted correctly, saving you time and stress.
  • Better chance of success: We can help you to present your case effectively which can maximize your chances of success.