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In order to study in the UK at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre, you will need a Tier 4 (General) student visa.
Student visa applications work via a points-based system; if you score 40 points you will be granted a visa. The application process is as follows:
You can apply for a visa up to three months before the start date of your course at the International Study Centre. How long it will take depends on which country you are applying from. Make sure you apply early so that there is enough time for your application to be processed.
In addition to the period of leave given to you to carry out your course of study, leave to remain will also be granted depending on your length of course. See section 5.66 in Tier 4 Sponsor Guidance document to find out more.
If you are a Tier 4 student, you are entitled to work during your pathway programme at the International Study Centre providing that your visa is granted on or after 1 August 2019..
The main purpose of the Tier 4 visa route is for students to come to the UK to study. Where a student is permitted to work, the intention is that this should be to supplement their income whilst studying. In most cases we expect this to be taking a part-time role for an established business/organisation (for example, a customer service role at a retailer) or as part of a work placement provided it is an integral and assessed part of your course.
A Tier 4 visa allows you to work for a maximum of 10 hours per week during term-time for an undergraduate level study or 20 hours per week during term-time for a postgraduate level study. This is the maximum hours in any one week, including paid or unpaid work and for one or more organisation. This cannot be averaged over a longer period. A 'week' is defined by the Home Office as a period of 7 days beginning with a Monday.
If allowed to work, students cannot:
If you stop studying before completing your course, you will no longer be entitled to work and will be in breach of your conditions of leave if found working.
Applicants from some countries are required to attend a credibility interview (also known as a visa interview). These are carried out by an Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) to establish that you are a genuine student, and are not planning to use a student visa for holiday or work. You should take the interview seriously, but it is nothing to worry about; you just need to show that you have done your research and are serious about studying in the UK.
You will be interviewed at the visa application centre in your country when you submit your visa application documents. You will be interviewed by a UKVI member of staff in the UK via a video link.
It is in your interest to be engaged in the interview process, and demonstrate your personal interest in attending the International Study Centre. Make sure you have researched the University and your chosen course. Avoid yes and no answers, and try and go into more detail. The Entry Clearance Officer may be suspicious if they think you are repeating rehearsed answers.
Below are examples of questions you may be asked during your credibility interview:
The UKVI may ask you what your main intention for coming to the UK is. If you plan to work alongside your studies, you will need to be clear that this is not your main focus while in the UK. Any job you do whilst studying should enhance your studying and be done within your working right hours as outlined above.
If your visa application is rejected by the UKVI, you have 28 days to submit an Administrative Review to the UKVI and challenge the decision made by the ECO. You will need to respond individually to each of the points raised in the refusal.
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