Student immigration: the basics

Last modified: 10 April 2018

Most types of immigration permission allow you to study in the UK 

The categories aimed specifically at students are Tier 4 and short-term student.

We provide information about:
• the Tier 4 (General) student route for students aged 16 and older
• the short-term student route for students who want to study courses that are up to 6 months long or English language courses up to 11 months long
• how to deal with immigration problems, including what to do if you lose your passport or biometric residence permit or if your education provider closes

If you are aged 18 or under and want to study at an independent school, the Tier 4 (Child) student route might be appropriate for you. We do not describe the requirements for Tier 4 (Child) students, but you can find the information you need and links to application forms on the UK Visas and Immigration website.

Immigration bail and study

Immigration bail can be granted as an alternative to detention. One of the conditions which can be imposed and noted on the Bail 201 notice is a ‘study prohibition’ ('no study') or a ‘study restriction’, restricting study to a named education provider. The Home Office has the power to review and change this study condition - see its Immigration Bail guidance for full details.

If the box on your BAIL 201 notice saying ‘no study’ has been selected, but you want to start or continue studying a course, you need to ask your lawyer as a matter of urgency about how to have this study prohibition removed and, if this is possible, how long it might take. Until the condition has been changed, you should:

  • suspend or delay your study, because breach of bail conditions can have serious consequences
  • tell an adviser at your education provider what has happened in case your college or university can allow you a break in studies while you explore your options and, if necessary, refer to you to a lawyer who can advise you on those options

UKCISA cannot offer further information or advice about immigration bail, but the Coram Children’s Legal Centre has useful guidance about immigration bail and study and may be able to offer advice.