Caters for South Africans that have been accepted by UK Universities to study full time in the UK. South Africans will require a Confirmation of Acceptance to Study (CaS) sponsorship number before they can proceed further with this visa as an option.
We have also put together an explanation of how students can have married like partners join them as dependents.
Specifics of the Tier 4 (General) visa:
Introducing the Tier 4 visa:
Caters for South Africans looking to study full time in the United Kingdom.
Duration of visa:
Tier 4 (General) visa is issued for the duration of the expect course. Either a minimum of 12 month course or the full 36 months (3 year).
Not granted. This Tier 4 visa does not grant settlement rights. Time spent in the UK does not count toward earning British nationality.
Permitted. Immediate family members (married like partner and minors) are permitted to join the main applicant.
3 weeks. From the date of submission, applicants experience an average of 15 working day processing times.
Common Reason for Refusal:
Most of these cases are refused based on incorrect Maintenance Requirement and invalid Certificate of Acceptance.
Once South Africans are awarded entry clearance (permission to study in the UK), there are not easy means to extending their stay. Therefore this particular category of visa does not offer a long term solution to experiencing life in the UK.
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