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

  • Student: eligibility
  • Key resources at a glance
  • An introduction to the Student route
  • Sponsorship
  • Points-scoring
  • Differentiation arrangements
  • Degree level study
  • Doctorate Extension Scheme (closed from 1 July 2021)
  • Interpreting the requirements of the Student route
  • Points scoring—study
  • More...

Student: eligibility

This Practice Note outlines the points-based and non points-based eligibility requirements for entry clearance and permission to stay applications under the Student route. It includes the particular requirements Doctorate Extension Scheme applicants must meet in order to apply for permission to stay as a Student. The Doctorate Extension Scheme is closed from 1 July 2021, when the new Graduate route opens.

This Practice Note does not deal with Students applying to undertake a post as a Student Union sabbatical officer or on a recognised foundation programme as a postgraduate doctor or dentist.

See also Practice Note: Student: period and conditions of permission for information on the period and conditions of permission associated with entry clearance and permission to stay for persons in the Student category, including conditions relating to work and study that have been imposed in the Student and the predecessor Tier 4 (General) categories.

Key resources at a glance

Immigration RulesImmigration Rules, Introduction, para 6.2 ‘Student’
Immigration Rules, Appendix Student
Immigration Rules, Appendix ATAS
Immigration Rules, Appendix English Language
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
SMS Guide 4
SMS Guide 4a
Home Office student visa information tool [includes relevant fees and links to online forms]Student visa
Forms (main applicant)Student visa: Entry clearance

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