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Booking my passage

Published:Tuesday | March 30, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Dear Mr Bassie,

I am a mature person and I would like to go to the United Kingdom (UK) to study. Could you please advise me how I should go about it.

Thanks for your help.

H.T.

Dear H.T.,

As you are an adult, you may be able to apply as an adult student under tier 4 (General) of the points-based system. However, depending on your nationality and your circumstances, you may be able to study in the UK without needing to apply under Tier 4 (General) as an adult student. There may be restrictions on your ability to work while you are studying there.

The Tier 4 (General) category is for adult students who want to go to, or remain in the UK for post-16 education.

If you are 16 or 17 years old and want to study a course at, or above National Qualification Framework level 3, you and your approved education provider (known as a 'Tier 4 sponsor') can agree whether you should apply under this category, or under Tier 4 (Child).

Check visa issuing post

As you are applying for a student visa from outside the UK, you should check with the local visa issuing post (also known as entry clearance post), and may get the application form there as well.

In order to be successful, you will also need to provide evidence of having a valid confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) when you apply. If you are in possession of this, you will score 30 points.

Also, you will score 10 points if you provide evidence you have enough money to pay for your course fees and living costs. To claim the 10 points, you must show evidence you have paid all or part of your course fees and (if relevant) accommodation fees to your Tier 4 sponsor; and/or you are receiving official financial sponsorship; and/or you have enough money to cover your remaining course fees and living costs, if any.

You will need to provide two recent passport photographs of yourself when you are applying. The photograph you send will be used on your visa (known as vignette) which is fixed in your passport since you are applying from outside the UK. You should note the waiting or processing times will vary.

If your application is refused and you are applying from outside the UK, you have a right to an administrative review and this is free of charge. However, you must request a review of the refusal within 28 days of the date the refusal notice was issued. You should also note that you can only ask for one administrative review for each application refused. You should not send any additional documents and proof with your request for a review.

Good luck.

John S. Bassie is a barrister/attorney-at-law who practises in Jamaica. He is a Supreme Court-appointed mediator and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Email:lawbassie@yahoo.com or editor@gleanerjm.com.

Booking my passage

Dear Mr Bassie,

I am a mature person and I would like to go to the United Kingdom (UK) to study. Could you please advise me how I should go about it.

Thanks for your help.

H.T.

Dear H.T.,

As you are an adult, you may be able to apply as an adult student under tier 4 (General) of the points-based system. However, depending on your nationality and your circumstances, you may be able to study in the UK without needing to apply under Tier 4 (General) as an adult student. There may be restrictions on your ability to work while you are studying there.

The Tier 4 (General) category is for adult students who want to go to, or remain in the UK for post-16 education.

If you are 16 or 17 years old and want to study a course at, or above National Qualification Framework level 3, you and your approved education provider (known as a 'Tier 4 sponsor') can agree whether you should apply under this category, or under Tier 4 (Child).

Check visa issuing post

As you are applying for a student visa from outside the UK, you should check with the local visa issuing post (also known as entry clearance post), and may get the application form there as well.

In order to be successful, you will also need to provide evidence of having a valid confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) when you apply. If you are in possession of this, you will score 30 points.

Also, you will score 10 points if you provide evidence you have enough money to pay for your course fees and living costs. To claim the 10 points, you must show evidence you have paid all or part of your course fees and (if relevant) accommodation fees to your Tier 4 sponsor; and/or you are receiving official financial sponsorship; and/or you have enough money to cover your remaining course fees and living costs, if any.

You will need to provide two recent passport photographs of yourself when you are applying. The photograph you send will be used on your visa (known as vignette) which is fixed in your passport since you are applying from outside the UK. You should note the waiting or processing times will vary.

If your application is refused and you are applying from outside the UK, you have a right to an administrative review and this is free of charge. However, you must request a review of the refusal within 28 days of the date the refusal notice was issued. You should also note that you can only ask for one administrative review for each application refused. You should not send any additional documents and proof with your request for a review.

Good luck.

John S. Bassie is a barrister/attorney-at-law who practises in Jamaica. He is a Supreme Court-appointed mediator and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Email:lawbassie@yahoo.com or editor@gleanerjm.com.