From 10 January 2011, English language students who want to pursue English language courses will be able to apply for a student visitor visa to stay in the UK for up to 11 months. This new extended student visitor visa product will only be available to overseas applicants.
The new visa will be for “English only” students and other students wishing to study in the UK for longer than 6 months will have to apply under Tier 4 of the PBS.
The extended student visitor route has the same requirements, entitlements and restrictions as those for the current student visitor route. The student visitor route prohibits students from working, taking a work placement, bringing dependants, extending their stay or switching into other courses at the end of their stay.
The fee for an extended student visitor visa is set to be the same as for a student visitor visa.