Child Student: eligibility
Produced in partnership with Sarah Rimmington of UK Council for International Student Affairs
Child Student: eligibility

The following Immigration practice note produced in partnership with Sarah Rimmington of UK Council for International Student Affairs provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Child Student: eligibility
  • Key resources at a glance
  • An introduction to the Child Student route
  • Sponsorship
  • Points-scoring
  • Differentiation arrangements
  • Points scoring—Study
  • Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Course requirement
  • Study at an independent school
  • More...

This Practice Note outlines the general eligibility requirements for entry clearance and permission to stay applications for Child Students.

See also Practice Note: Child Student: duration and conditions of permission.

Key resources at a glance

Immigration RulesImmigration Rules, Introduction, para 6.2 ‘Child Student’
Immigration Rules, Child Student
Immigration Rules, Appendix Finance
Home Office guidanceStudent and Child Student caseworker guidance
Student Sponsor Guidance
Financial evidence for Student and Child Student route applicants guidance
Financial requirement caseworker guidance
Assessing the English language requirement caseworker guidance
Home Office student visa information tool [includes relevant fees and links to online forms]Child Student
FormsChild Student visa: Entry clearance online form
Child Student: Permission to stay online form
EEA national with chipped passport: ID Check app

An introduction to the Child Student route

Child Student is a points-based route for children aged between 4 and 17 years old who wish to study at an independent school in the UK.

A person aged 16 or 17 who wants to study a course at or above Regulated Qualifications Framework level 3 or Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework level 6, can choose either to apply as a Child Student at an independent school or as a Student under Appendix Student. See Practice Note: Student: eligibility.

The Child Student route replaced Tier 4 (Child) on 5 October 2020 as one of the first iterations of the post-Brexit immigration system. It was further amended under the

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