Tier 4 (Child) student: procedure
Tier 4 (Child) student: procedure

The following Immigration guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Tier 4 (Child) student: procedure
  • Applicant's travel plans and course start date
  • GOV.UK information pages on applications in this category
  • Immigration health surcharge
  • Entry clearance applications
  • Leave to remain applications
  • Applications for leave to remain by overstayers
  • Switching
  • Status of the sponsor
  • Dependants
  • more

This Practice Note outlines the key procedural requirements for entry clearance and leave to remain applications for Tier 4 (Child) students, as well as strategies for dealing with some of the more common issues that may arise.

Applicant's travel plans and course start date

It is important to request information on the person's travel plans and course start date as early in the process as possible. This is both to ascertain a suitable application date and to flag up any possible timing problems. For example, if entry clearance is not granted in time to enable the student to travel to the UK before the latest date they may enrol, their sponsor must report this to the Home Office within 10-working days. If the student has already entered the UK by the time the Home Office takes action on the report, their leave will be curtailed with immediate effect. If they have not yet travelled, the entry clearance will be cancelled on arrival.

GOV.UK information pages on applications in this category

The former UK Border Agency’s website was decommissioned in February 2014 and its contents either transferred to the GOV.UK website, or in some cases replaced with new content. Information for individuals applying in various immigration categories is now presented on the GOV.UK website in a very different style and