Apply for a Student Visa

UK Student Visa Applications

The UK has some of the oldest and most respected universities in the world. If you or a family member want to study at a British institution, but the student is a foreign national, our expert student visa solicitors can help apply for a student visa, or you extend your current visa so you can continue your studies.

Carter Law are here to offer you assistance and guidance through a process that can be exceptionally complicated. With our expert advice, your application for a student visa will be straightforward and easy to understand.

Carter Law will help you Apply for Student Visas in Manchester

We also understand that time is often of the essence in organising studies, so we offer a premium same-day student visa application service to get you on your way.  The visa application process can be complex and weaknesses in your case could lead to delay or rejection.

Minimum Requirements for Student Visa Applications

Before being accepted on a student visa, you must have been accepted onto a course in the UK and have the ability to pass an English test. We can help you successfully navigate the system to get you where you want to be.

Whatever your educational intentions, Carter Law will provide our expertise and assistance for all immigration matters. Our student visa team can help give you easy to understand advice, friendly support and help you through every stage of the application process.

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Pre-Entry Clearance Service

Some students may require some specific preparation to maximise their chances of a successful application. A delayed or failed application could have a significant impact on a student’s education and their future prospects, so we have developed a service to assist you in meeting basic entry requirements.

We can arrange an English test at one of our centres, with a fast turnaround to get your application moving. We can also assist in your search for a UK based course with our affiliated colleges and universities to secure a confirmed acceptance of study letter.

Entry Clearance

We understand what the Home Office are looking for in a successful visa applicant. Our expert visa team will assess your case and discuss the strong points of your application and advise you on how to improve any weaknesses.

We’ll also handle the paperwork, completing your Tier 4 application form and preparing a covering letter to the British High Commission, making further representations on your behalf. We’ll be there every step of the way until a decision is reached on your student visa application.

Tier 4 Child Visa

If a child is aged 4-17 and wishes to study in the UK, you can apply as a child student under Tier 4 of the points-based entry system from your country of residence. If the student is aged 4-15, they must be coming to the UK to be educated at an independent fee-paying school.

Our trained immigration solicitors will help you in preparing and applying for the visa and make further representations to the British High Commission.

Child Visitor

If a person is under 18 and wishes to come to the UK for up to 6 months in order to study, you can apply as a child visitor. There are many conditions that must be met, including having sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay and have accommodation.

You must also be able to meet the cost of your return or onward journey after your visa expires. The Carter Law visa teams can explain all the requirements in a way that is easy to understand and help you make suitable arrangements.

Our immigration solicitors can also help you apply for a Post-Study Work Visa or a Student Visitor Visa.

Fast Track Service

We know that sometimes, you urgently require a fast decision regarding your visa application. That’s why we have created our same day service for switching to a Tier 4 visa, made possible by our links to the Home Office and Public Enquiry Office. By attending the Home Office, you will usually get a decision on your application on the very same day.

Your personal student visa solicitor will prepare all the relevant documentation and accompany you on the day. You will be required to provide biometric data as part of the process, but your legal representative will be there to help.

We have various fixed-fee and fast-track packages to suit your requirements, whether you only require student visa advice, a review of your application, or assistance in preparing your visa to study in the UK.

For further information, please visit our Fast Track & Same Day Visa page.

Switch to or Extend a Student Visa

We have extensive experience when it comes to extending a student visa, should you require extra time in the UK. Our specialist team will guide you through the requirements for a successful extension, advising you on how to achieve the outcome you desire.

We can also help when switching to a general student visa under the points based Tier 4 visa. Let our solicitors help you change to a student visa.


If you have made an application for a Student Visa and it has been refused, you might be able to appeal that decision. Our solicitors will review the grounds of refusal and prepare your appeal for you. For more information on appeals, please visit our appeals page.

Contact our Manchester Offices for Student Visa Information & Advice

Don’t hesitate to contact Carter Law’s Manchester offices to discuss how you can apply for a student visa with our experienced immigration lawyers by your side. Our friendly team are here to answer any queries you may have.

To book a consultation with an immigration solicitor, please call us on 0844 414 0667