How much money do you need to show to the UK Border Agency when renewing your student visa under current rules?
The answer may not be a simple as you think.
The amount of maintenance funds you are required to demonstrate depends on a number of factors: course fee, where you are studying – inner or outer London, whether or not you have an ‘Established Presence’ and dependants.
The UK Border Agency describes Established Presence as follows:
“An applicant will have an established presence studying in the United Kingdom if the applicant has completed a course that was at least six months long within their last period of leave as a Tier 4 migrant, a student or as a Postgraduate Doctor or Dentist, and this course finished within the last four months, or the applicant is applying for continued study on a course where the applicant has completed at least six months of that course and has been studying within the last four months.”
In other words, this criteria is used to determine how much money you need to extend your visa.
If you are extending your student visa to continue a course and you have completed at least 6 months of it already, or have you been studying within the last 4 months, then you will only need to show £1200 or £1600, depending where your college is located, plus the full course fee.
If you have dependants, the funds requirement will be £4797 or £1066 if the college is in inner London; £3600 or £800 if the college is in outer London. The Home Office requires separate fees per dependant.
But if you cannot demonstrate evidence of course completion, then you will need to show £5400 or £7200 (again, depending where your college is located).
An increasing number of students who consulted me recently have jumped from college to college without ever completing a course, and have left behind unpaid fees which their college may seek to recover by suing the students in the county courts.
Even if they do not show up in a court hearing, a judgment may be registered against them in their absence, which stays on record for 6 years.
The declaration at the foot of a Tier 4 visa renewal application states:
‘Has the student had any criminal convictions in the United Kingdom or any other country (including traffic offences) or any civil judgments made against them?’
If you want to stay in this country, you must abide by the rules and keep your record clean.
If you need any immigration advice or are worried about the new immigration rules or need help with Sponsorship or Work Permits, Visa, ILR/Settlement, Citizenship, dependant visa or an appeal against a refusal please email:
Bison UK are running special free student visa seminars to advise students on the new Tier 4 changes and their renewal options.