If you’re looking to further your education in the United Kingdom, then a UK study visa is likely to be your first step. The process of applying for a study visa can seem daunting, but with the right guidance and preparation, it can be a smooth and straightforward experience.

At Move Up, we specialize in helping South Africans navigate the UK visa system and secure the right visa for their needs. Our team of experts has extensive experience in the field and can provide you with all the information and support you need to successfully apply for a UK study visa.

When it comes to the requirements and documents needed for a study visa, you can expect to provide proof of your acceptance into a UK educational institution, evidence of your financial stability and sufficient funds to cover your tuition and living expenses, and a valid passport. You may also be required to take a language test and attend a visa interview.

But don’t worry, we’ll be there every step of the way to guide you through the process and ensure that you have everything you need to make your application a success.

Studying in the UK offers a wealth of opportunities and benefits. You’ll have access to world-class education and research facilities, experience a new and vibrant culture, and gain valuable international experience that will set you apart in the job market.

If you’re ready to take the next step and pursue your studies in the UK, then get in touch with us today. Our team is here to help you make your dream a reality.

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If you are not looking to study full time in the UK or only looking to engage in a course or two, please take a look at our “Study In the UK” page. Here we detail the variations of study intent.


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The Tier 4 category of UK visas gives South Africans permission to further their studies in the UK.

Replacing the old Student visa, the Tier 4 visa has employment and time restrictions and operates under a point based basis.

To qualify for the visa, South Africans have to gain acceptance from desired UK based institutions and thereafter evidence their ability to financially accommodate themselves as well as their ability to speak English. These 3 qualifying factors (namely acceptance of studies, proof of supporting funds and English ability recognition) grant “points” needed to qualify for the visa. The most common area of refusal in these applications is the supporting funds, known as “Maintenance Requirement”.

Should you wish to find out more about the Tier 4 visa or would like to engage in Move Up’s representation, contact us now.


Common question asked by our clients, especially given that the gap year visa (Working Holiday Maker) has been closed. With the implementation of the Point Based Visa system in November 2008, the British government implemented a visa system that is meant to “attract” the right type of foreigners.

With this point based structure, the British government can better channel incoming work force to designated areas where labour force is needed.

This Student visa route (the Tier 4 General) has been designed to cater for full time students looking to obtain recognizable qualifications abroad. Taking this into consideration, there is a 20 hour per week work restriction. This is subject to committing to long term.

What the British government has not promoted, is that spouse dependents of Tier 4 applicants, can freely work in the UK (subject to the student partner committing to a minimum 9-month course of longer). So if you are married and don’t have birth rights or foreign nationality, South Africans can consider having one partner study full time while the bread winner gains international work experience to cover living expenses. Food for thought.


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One of the greatest experiences of living abroad is the sense of national pride that is developed.

There is something about being abroad and representing the country of your birth. 

We believe that South African gees develops quickest when you are out of your home country. 

Our dream is to unite South Africans whilst they are overseas. To provide support in their tough times and celebrate their progress. We want to be SA’s international enablers. 

International experience broadens the mind, sharpens the skill sets and enables better international trade.

This is not a one-way ticket. It is only the beginning of many tickets.


Starting off, we offer two sets of free assessments in our popular cases.

We first conduct an eligibility assessment. We address the current circumstances and draw conclusions based on the theory of the case.

The beauty of the eligibility assessment is that we go on record, confirming if the case will be successful. Giving peace of mind to know that the case is possible upfront.

Thereafter we conduct a feasibility assessment.

We have learnt over the years that if we do not check documents that play a factor in meeting the eligibility requirements upfront, the case could face unnecessary delays. Dealing with SA Home Affairs in some cases could lead to years of delay.

To conduct the feasibility assessment, we ask applicants to send through the documents they have on hand. From there, we can quickly check and address what’s needed before we proceed.

Upfront, we can find out if the theory and time-consuming documents are in order. Once we do so, we then continue to offer representation in cases that we can see will qualify. Our offer of representation comes with a standard guarantee. If you don’t get your visa with our assistance, we don’t deserve to be paid.

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