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Tier 4: (General and Child) Students

Overview

You can apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the Isle of Man if you’re 18 or over and you:

  • have been offered a place on a course
  • can speak, read, write and understand English
  • have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course - the amount will vary depending on your circumstances
  • are from a country that is  not in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
  • meet the other eligibility requirements as set out in the Isle of Man Immigration Rules

* Study in the Isle of Man is only permitted at an institution that is not an Academy or a school maintained by a local authority

Eligibility

You must have:

  • an unconditional offer of a place on a course with a licensed Tier 4 sponsor
  • a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS)  given to you by your education provider – you will need to provide this with your visa application
  • enough money to support yourself and pay for your course – the amount will vary depending on your circumstances

How long you can stay

Type of CoursePeriod of entry clearance to be granted before the course startsPeriod of entry clearance to be granted after the course ends
12 months or more 1 month before the course starts or 7 days before the intended date of travel, whichever is later 4 months
6 months or more but less than 12 months 1 month before the course starts or 7 days before the intended date of travel, whichever is later 2 months
Pre-sessional course of less than 6 months 1 month before the course starts or 7 days before the intended date of travel, whichever is later 1 month
Course of less than 6 months that is not a pre-sessional course 7 days before the course starts 7 days
Postgraduate doctor or dentist 1 month before the intended date of travel, whichever is later 1 month

What you can and can’t do

You can:

  • study
  • apply from inside or outside the UK
  • apply to extend your stay
  • work in most jobs – depending on what level your course is and what kind of sponsor you have

You can’t:

  • get public funds
  • work in certain jobs – for example professional sportsperson or sports coach
  • study at an academy or a local authority-funded school (also known as a maintained school)

You may be able to bring in family members (dependants).

Apply

Complete an application for entry clearance to the Isle of Man on the UK Visas and Immigration website.

The Tier 4 route applies to students with an unconditional offer of a place on a relevant course of studies and Tier 4 applicants must be sponsored by a Licensed Education Provider in the Isle of Man.

Migrants who apply under the Tier 4 category are not eligible to apply for settlement (also known as Indefinite Leave to Remain).

Tier 4 (Child) Student - Overview

This route is for children at least 4 years old and under the age of 17 who wish to be educated in the Isle of Man at an Independent School. Schools maintained by the Department of Education, Sports and Culture are not permitted to sponsor students under this route.

You must also:

  • have a place on a course
  • have the consent of your parent or guardian
  • have enough money to cover your course fees and living costs
  • be from a country that’s not in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
  • meet the eligibility requirements

How long you can stay

Age when you can applyHow long you can stay
Under 16 Course length (up to 6 years) plus 4 months afterwards
16 or 17 Course length (up to 3 years) plus 4 months afterwards

What you can and can’t do

You can:

You can also work, if you’re 16 or over:

  • part-time during term for up to 10 hours per week
  • full-time during vacations
  • on a work placement as part of your course, (but not for more than 50% of your course time)
  • as a student union sabbatical officer for up to 2 years

You can’t:

  • study at an academy or a local authority-funded school (also known as a maintained school) or further education college
  • get public funds
  • take a full-time permanent job or be self-employed
  • work as a doctor or dentist in training
  • work as a professional sportsperson (for example a sports coach) or entertainer
  • settle in the UK on this visa
  • bring in family members (‘dependants’) – if your parents want to accompany you, they’ll need to apply for a Parent of a Tier 4 (Child) visa

Further Information can be found at the Isle of Man Immigration Rules.

Tier 4 Sponsor Licence

If you are an educator and seeking a Tier 4 sponsor licence, then please refer to the Sponsor Licensing Policy.

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