In order to study at Bellerbys College, you will need a UK visa. If you are younger than 18, you can apply for a Tier 4 (Child) student visa. If you are older, you will need a Tier 4 (General) student visa. If you will be studying our Pre-Foundation 18+ programme, you will need a six-month short-term study visa instead.
The earliest you can apply for a visa is three months before your course start date. Apply as soon as possible after this to make sure there is enough time for your application to be processed.
If your course is between six and 12 months long, you may arrive in the UK up to one month before the start date. You can stay in the UK for an extra four months after your course ends. If you are on a short-term study visa, you must leave after either six or 12 months (depending on the length of stay applied for).
In order to be granted a visa, your application must be approved at every stage. The process is as follows:
If you are a Tier 4 student over the age of 16, you are entitled to work during your programme at Bellerbys College providing that your visa is granted on or after 1 August 2019.
The main purpose of the Tier 4 visa route is for students to come to the UK to study. Where a student is permitted to work, the intention is that this should be an opportunity to gain work experience in their field of study. In most cases we expect this to be taking a part-time role for an established business/organisation (for example, a customer service role at a retailer) or as part of a work placement provided it is an integral and assessed part of your course.
Students on a Tier 4 visa can work full time (up to 40 hours per week) during term breaks, including students studying English language preparation programmes. During term time, a Tier 4 visa allows you to work for a maximum of 10 hours per week. This is the maximum hours in any one week, including paid or unpaid work and for one or more organisation. This cannot be averaged over a longer period. A 'week' is defined by the Home Office as a period of 7 days beginning with a Monday. This also includes both paid and unpaid work.
If allowed to work, students cannot:
If you stop studying before completing your course, you will no longer be entitled to work and will be in breach of your conditions of leave if found working.
For a comprehensive guide to working during your studies visit UK Council for International Student Affairs.
Although it is unlikely, you may be required to attend a credibility interview to ensure that you comply with the UK’s immigration rules. In the interview, an Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) will try to establish that you are a genuine student. You need to show you are serious about studying, and that you have good knowledge of your chosen college and course. If you have done your research, the interview is nothing to worry about. The interview is just designed to filter out people who are planning to use a student visa to work or holiday in the UK.
Your visa interview will normally take place in your local Visa Application Centre, via a secure telecommunications system.
Do some detailed research; make sure you know about Bellerbys College and are able to explain why you chose it. What appeals to you about the local area, the courses offered and the teaching style?
Below are some examples of questions you may be asked. Think carefully before answering, because your answers may raise concern with interviewers, if they think you are not taking the process seriously. Be honest, and avoid yes and no answers as much as possible. Try to speak naturally.
Share how you think studying at Bellerbys will help you in the future.
If you would like to work during your studies, explain how work experience will help you in your chosen field of study. You will also need to show the interviewer that you are aware of how many hours per week you are permitted to work, and that you will not exceed them. You must reassure them that you are not dependent on this income to pay your tuition fees or accommodation costs.
If you receive a visa refusal, you have 28 days to submit an Administrative Review to the UKVI and contest the decision made by the ECO. Our expert advisors can help you with this process. You will need to respond in writing to each of the points raised in the refusal.
Find more information on UK student visas here:
Tier 4 (General) student visa
Tier 4 (Child) student visa
Short term study visa
Check average visa processing times for your country
The points-based system
We can help you with the visa application process in a variety of ways and in more than a dozen languages.
The caring and supportive learning environment at Bellerbys will help you develop essential life skills. So you can become a successful global citizen. Every year we see our students grow in confidence and gain outstanding academic results. You'll make international friendships that will last a lifetime.
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