18 and over: Tier 4 (General) student visa
If you are an international student over the age of 18 intending to study at a UK university or college, you will need a Tier 4 (General) student visa. It works on a point-based system and you will need at least 40 points to be eligible this visa. Points are awarded for the following:
- Confirmation of acceptance for studies
- Proof of sufficient funds to pay for the course and support yourself
Under 18: Tier 4 (Child) student visa
The Tier 4 Student (Child) student visa lets students under 18 study full-time at any school or educational institution in the UK.
To qualify for this visa, you must:
- Have a place on a course
- Have the consent of your parent or guardian
- Have enough money to cover your course fees and living costs
- Be from a country that’s not part of the EEA or Switzerland
There are some strict rules about what you can and cannot do on a Tier 4 (Child) visa. Our registered immigration advisors can assist you in understanding the requirements and ensure you make a successful application.
Especially for South African students: The UK Student Visa Saver Scheme
We have developed a unique solution for South African parents who want their children to study in the UK and naturalise as British citizens.
You don't have to emigrate to send your child to a UK university
As a South African with young children you may be concerned about economic and political volatility that exists in the country, as well as the worry that local tertiary education standards are slipping. Reviewing the options, you may be tempted to move to the UK or Australia to secure a second passport and an international education for your children.
The problem is that relocating a young family from South Africa to the UK has several consequences:
- It’s a costly exercise
- You (and/or your partner) will have to take a backward step in your career(s) and earning potential
- Private schooling in the UK and Australia is prohibitively expensive
- The property transaction – selling in SA and buying in the UK or Australia – will leave you living in a smaller house, far from city centres
- The lifestyle that you were used to in SA (the outdoors, the holidays, the hired help, etc) won’t exist anymore
Here's our innovative solution
While the UK is great destination for immigration, it's a fact that international relocation can be stressful. South Africans who immigrate to the UK can face a cut in salary as well as a different standard of living. Our advice to people who find themselves in this situation is: Take a step back and look hard at your options.
Full-scale emigration from South Africa is not always the answer. There are enormous social and financial costs involved, particularly if you have a family and an established life in South Africa.
Stay in South Africa. Enjoy the quality of life. Grow a little older with your friends and family while your children finish their schooling at one of the many excellent private or quintile five (former model C) schools across the country.
While you’re living in South Africa you can begin to save up for their eventual UK university education. We have put together a service that facilitates your children’s relocation to the UK on a Student visa and their eventual naturalisation as British citizens.
What our service includes:
- A financial plan to fund your child’s UK university education
- Monthly transfers into a Pound savings fund
- Annual review of your fund’s performance and your financial situation
- Advice on which university and degree will fit your child’s needs and your budget
- Advice on converting a Grade 12 to an A-Level standard qualification
- Advice and representation for your child’s Tier 4 UK student visa application
Secure your child's future today
As a parent, you always want to ensure that your children have the best chances in life; their university education is a massive part of that. With all the uncertainty around the future of South African universities, it may be time to consider the best way to future-proof your child’s education and career.
As an addition to the UK Student Visa Saver Scheme, we also offer help with Portugal's Non-Habitual Residence programme, which allows you to live tax-free in Portugal for up to 10 years. This way, you can remain close to your children - just a short flight away - while taking advantage of Portugal's lifestyle and financial benefits.