Child student visa

Child student visa

If your child is aged between 4 and 17 and you want them to study at an independent school in the United Kingdom, they must obtain a child student visa before travelling.

The requirements

Your child must have an unconditional offer to study at an approved educational institution in the UK, and the school must have issued a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS). The child must also have the necessary funds to cover their tuition fees and living expenses in the UK. In addition, the child must have a parent or guardian who is able to provide them with suitable accommodation and care whilst they are in the UK. Parents can apply for a Parent of a Child Student visa if the child is under 12.

Accommodation: Children must live with a parent or legal guardian, or a suitable caregiver who is aged 18 or over and has been appointed by their parent or guardian. The caregiver must be able to provide the child with suitable accommodation and care whilst they are in the UK. The child could also live at an independent boarding school.

Money required: If the child lives at a boarding school, you must have enough money for the course and boarding fees for up to 9 months. If the child lives with a parent or guardian, you must have enough money for course fees plus £1,560 for up to 9 months.

Duration of stay

The duration of a UK child student visa will depend on the length of the course of study. If the course is less than six months in duration, the child will be granted a visa for the full length of the course, plus an additional seven days. If the course is longer than six months, the child will be granted a visa for the full length of the course, plus an additional four months.

Can I bring my family to the UK?

A child under 12 can be accompanied by one parent if that parent holds a Parent of a Child Student visa. Children over 12 cannot be accompanied by parents (unless they have a sibling under the age of 12 and the parent is accompanying that sibling).

Appeal rights

There is no full right of appeal if a child student visa application is refused, instead, you must apply for administrative review. In an administrative review, a refusal will not be overturned if the applicant has failed to provide a specified document or made an error with their application. It is therefore crucial to ensure that any application is well prepared, thoroughly checked, and submitted by a qualified and experienced immigration specialist to avoid refusal of the application and loss of fees paid.

Further information and advice

If you have any questions about UK student visas or if you would like to talk about your case and discuss how we can help you, please call us on 0121 698 2187 or alternatively email us at info@hsic.co.uk.

You can also use our free immigration advice service (this is suitable for general enquiries about immigration requirements and not for the preparation of an application for leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom).