VISA Application

Once your son or daughter has been offered a place at a UK independent school, you will receive a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) letter. Once received, your child can apply for a Tier 4 (Child) student VISA. There are two steps:

Apply online

  • register for an account
  • fill in the application form in English
  • pay the visa fee of GBP322.00 online
  • pay the immigration healthcare surcharge of GBP150.00
  • print out the application form
  • book and attend an appointment at a Visa Application Centre

Visa application centre

You’ll need to provide the following documentation (your documents will usually be sent back within 14 days):

  • current passport or other valid travel documentation (a page that’s blank on both sides is required for a visa)
  • one passport-sized colour photograph for yourself and your child, with names written on the reverse side
  • proof that you can support your child and pay for their course – this will vary depending on your circumstances
  • proof of parental or other legal guardian consent
  • tuberculosis (TB) test results if you’re from a country where you have to take the test

You child will also need to have their fingerprints and photograph taken in order to get a biometric residence permit (BRP). The BRP must be collected within 10 days of when they said they would arrive in the UK (even if they actually arrive at a later date).

If you would like to learn more  about our guardianship services for international students, or you are considering becoming a host family for foreign students, please call our team at Quest Guardians on 01202 882299, email us at or fill in our host family application form.

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