Alan Platt (Director) gives expert video advice on: What is a UK study permit?; How long is a UK study permit valid for?; Can I work whilst holding a UK study permit? and more...
What is a UK study permit?
A UK study permit is really a visa issued to a student to come to the United Kingdom, to enable them to follow a course of study here. It's applied for at a British diplomatic mission abroad, and entitles a person to stay, normally, for a twelve-month period; and then it's renewable in the United Kingdom at the end of that period.
How long is a UK study permit valid for?
Normally it's granted for a 12 month period, but if a person for example is doing a degree course, and they can demonstrate they can support themselves for the course of the study; then it would be granted probably for three years.
Can I work whilst holding a UK study permit?
Yes, you can work while holding a study permit. And you may work up to 20 hours a week during term time. And you may also work full time during the holiday periods within your study period.
Can I apply for indefinite leave to remain on a student visa?
Normally, if a student lives in the United Kingdom for a ten year period, they can apply for indefinite leave to remain. That would mean them doing their basic education in the United Kingdom, and then going on to University and perhaps doing a Master's degree. At the end of that, on the basis of ten years legal residence, they could apply for permanent residency in the United Kingdom.
Can my spouse move with me to the UK whilst I am studying?
Yes, your spouse can move with you to the UK while you're a student here. Your spouse would need to apply for a visa and you would need to demonstrate, obviously, that you were married, and that you can support and accommodate your spouse throughout the course of your studies. And also, at the end of your course, that both you and your spouse will leave the United Kingdom.
Am I entitled to use the NHS whilst studying in the UK?
As a student, you can use the NHS from the time you arrive in the United Kingdom.