Visas and immigration
Support for short-term and Tier 4 visa students
Which visa should you apply for?
Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (formerly City College Brighton & Hove and Northbrook College) is a Home Office Tier 4 sponsor which means we can sponsor student visas for English Language courses and full-time courses above RQF level 3.
Tier 4 (General) Student Visa
Short-term Study Visa
What courses can Brighton MET sponsor me for?
- Higher Education Courses
- International Foundation Programmes
- English Language courses up to 11 months.
What level of English do I need to have to apply?
You need to have an IELTS for UKVI certificate that is still within its validity date, and that shows you achieved at least CEFR level B1 in all 4 components (reading, writing, speaking and listening).
Any level of English, entry requirements may apply.
How long can I study in the UK?
You can study in the UK below bachelor's degree level for a maximum of 2 years. Your Tier 4 visa will initially be granted for the length of your course plus:
-one week for courses under 6 months
You can study in the UK for a maximum of 6 months (or 11 months if you are coming to study English only).
Can I extend my visa in the UK?
NO. You will have to return home to apply for a new Tier 4 General Visa for a different course.
YES- If your current UK Visa is a Tier 4 Child Student Visa and your new course starts no more than 28 days after the end of your current visa.
NO. You must leave the UK when your visa expires.
Can I work?
You will not be permitted to work on a Tier 4 General Student Visa sponsored by
NO. You cannot work paid or unpaid
Can I study part-time?
NO. Your course must involve at least 15 hours per week of organised daytime study. 'Daytime' is 08:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday.
YES. You can choose to study full time or part time. The course does not need to lead to a qualification.
How much does the visa cost?
Approx. £97 (up to six months)
Other costs and information
Additional costs may be payable depending on the visa type, nationality, length of stay etc., such as the international health surcharge, TB testing and police registration.
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