From today, 10 January 2011, English language students wishing to attend exclusively English language courses will be able to apply for a student visitor visa allowing them to stay for up to 11 months.
Click here to download a Frequently Asked Questions document about the Extended Student Visitor Visa.
The Extended Student Visitor visa will only be available to applicants outside of the United Kingdom. Students wishing to study non-English language courses in the UK for longer than 6 months are still required to apply under Tier 4 of the Points Based System.
Non visa-nationals, who would not normally need a visa to study for up to six months, must apply in advance for the extended visa if they wish to remain longer.
The requirements, entitlements and restrictions of the Extended Student Visitor visa are the same as the current Student Visitor visa. The Student Visitor visa does not allow students to work, take a work placement, bring dependants or extend their stay. The fee will also be the same as the Student Visitor visa - currently set at £70.
A review of the Extended Student Visitor visa wil be carried out within the next 12 months to ensure it is operating as intended. To view the UK Border Agency's news item related to the Extended Student Visitor visa, please click here.