01.01.2021 is approaching, and with it the new legislation for EU students studying in the United Kingdom. Here is a short guide to help explain*

1    Students studying in UK before 31.12.20 =

 PRE-SETTLED STATUS

Students who have EU Status and who have joined a school before 31st December 2020 are required to fill in a settled/pre-settled status application, which needs to be completed by 30th June 2021.  However, it is advisable to complete this form before Thursday 31st December 2020.

Information can be found hereSettled / Pre-Settled Status Information

The application form can be found here:  Settled / Pre-Settled Status Link

 

  Short-term students – studying at school for less than 6 months 1 =

VISITOR   

No visa is necessary.  A student can travel in the usual manner but must have the following documents:

  • a valid passport for the duration of the student’s stay in the UK2
  • a letter from the student’s UK school, confirming acceptance onto a course of study in the UK for no longer than 6 months;
  • a letter from the student’s parents, giving consent to travel and details of the student’s stay – in English;
  • a student’s departure ticket dated within 6 months of first date of entry;
  • proof of private medical insurance.

 

3    Long-term students aged 4-17 years – studying for more than 6 months =

CHILD STUDENT VISA

A student will need the following documents to apply for a visa to study:

  • CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) from the UK school – ie. formal confirmation of the student’s place at a UK school;
  • a valid passport for the duration of the student’s stay in the UK;
  • a letter from the student’s parents, giving consent to travel and details of the student’s stay – in English;
  • the student’s birth certificate and English translation3

Further information and an application form can be found here:  https://www.gov.uk/child-study-visa

Costs:             Visa £348 + IHS4 £470 

 

NOTES

1including any school holidays

2carte d’identité are no longer accepted

3birth certificate with a professional English translation

4Immigration Health Charge

 

FURTHER NOTES

  • a visa can be applied for up to 6 months before the student’s stay;
  • upon completion of GCSEs at the end of Year 11, a student will have to reapply for a student visa in order to study ‘A’ levels or the I.B;
  • if a student needs to change from VISITOR status to CHILD STUDENT VISA, this needs to be done from outside the UK.

 

*DISCLAIMER:  this information is purely a guide and not a legally binding document

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