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Can an individual apply to switch from a Tier 4 (Child) student visa to a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) dependent visa from within the UK, or would they be required to return and apply from the country of their citizenship?

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Published on LexisPSL on 05/12/2018

The following Immigration Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Can an individual apply to switch from a Tier 4 (Child) student visa to a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) dependent visa from within the UK, or would they be required to return and apply from the country of their citizenship?

For the purposes of this Q&A, a ‘dependent’ is a dependent child under the age of 18.

If an applicant wishes to apply for leave to remain in a different immigration category to their current grant of leave, this is known as 'switching'. The Immigration Rules for each immigration category set out the immigration categories from which switching is permitted. See Practice Note: Extensions, switching and varying existing applications.

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