The new Student and Child Student route

Following the end of free movement for EU nationals on 31 December 2020, a new points-based immigration system will come into force on 1 January 2021. The new system will treat EU nationals and non-EU nationals equally.

On 10 September 2020, the Home Office announced that the Tier 4 (General) and Tier 4 (Child) student routes will be replaced by the Student and Child route, it will open for applications on 5 October 2020.

From 5 October 2020, all prospective international students (including EU nationals) wishing to study in the UK once the transition period comes to an end, will need to apply for a Student visa before travelling to the UK.

In order to apply for a Student visa, migrants will need to score 70 points, as shown in the table below. Applicants can apply up to 6 months before their course starts.

(source: Home Office)

Applicants under the age of 18 will need to provide additional evidence:

  • Consent from a parent or legal guardian to study in the UK;
  • Evidence of suitable care arrangements in the UK.

Applicants will need to pay the UKVI fees in the amount of £348, the same fee applies to dependants. In addition, applicants will also need to pay the relevant Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) fee.

After your studies

A new Graduate route will launch in Summer 2021, allowing international graduates to secure a skilled job in the UK once they have successfully completed a degree or at undergraduate level or above.

Migrants will be able to apply for a Graduate visa to stay, work or look for a job for a maximum period of 2 years (3 years for PhD students) after completing their studies.

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