The Genuine Student Rule in Student Visa
The Genuine Student Rule in Student Visa

All visa nationals wishing to study in the UK for longer need to apply for a document known as entry clearance (visa) to study here. This document is the UK immigration authorities’ permission allowing international students to enter the UK in order to study.

In the majority of cases, all non-visa nationals, those who do not require a visa to enter the UK for the purposes of visiting the UK, will also be normally expected to apply for a visa before travelling to the UK if they would like to study in this country. This is because if they want to study in the UK, their main purpose of the visit will not be ‘just visiting the UK’. They’ll be entering the UK to study. For this reason, even if you are from a country which allows you to enter the UK via e-gates, by law, you cannot do that. You will need to see the UK immigration officer. This immigration officer will then ask you questions to establish that you meet the requirements for a short term student. In THIS ARTICLE I’ve explained the Short-Term Student UK Immigration Route.

If you are a visa-national or a non-visa national adult wishing to study in the UK for over 6 months, you’ll normally be expected to apply under Tier 4 (General) UK Immigration route. In THIS ARTICLE I’ve summarised the main requirements you’ll need to meet to succeed in this application.

One of the most frequent reasons for refusal of Tier 4 (General) Students applications is a failure to satisfy the ‘genuine student rule’.

In this article, you’ll find out what decisive factors of the ‘genuine student rule’ are. Due to length, I’ve divided this article into three parts. This is part 1. You can read reading part 2 HERE and PART 3 HERE.


The Essence

The Genuine Student Rule in Student Visa
The Genuine Student Rule in Student Visa

In essence, the ‘Genuine Student Rule’ is about your ability to convince the decision-maker of the fact that your true intention is to study in the UK. In other words, you’ll need to prove your credibility. There are a number of steps, which you may take to accomplish this with ease.

In their guidance, the UKVI has provided a number of factors and examples illustrating how they will be applied when assessing the ‘Genuine Student Rule’.


Tier 4 Credibility: Factors to be Considered

The immigration history of the applicant and any dependant, in the UK and other countries

The decision-maker will assess your previous visa applications for the UK (if any) and other countries, including reasons for any visa refusals. The amount of time you have spent in the UK or other countries on previous visas, and for what purpose are also important.

Your chances may be jeopardised if you have not complied with the terms of previous visas for the UK and other countries. For example, where you claimed public benefits or where you worked more than you were allowed to.





Tier 4 General Student UK Immigration Route
Tier 4 General Student UK Immigration Route

If you are interested in this UK immigration route and would like to know more, please feel free to REQUEST IT HERE. As soon you as do this, I’ll send you an email with more information about general grounds for refusal for students, show you how to check if you need a visa, explain the rules about the duration of the course and exceptions, which may apply to this rule. However, most importantly, when you subscribe to this list, you’ll be the first one to be informed of any forthcoming events (such as free online masterclasses, free digital mindmaps or e-books) where I explain various aspects of this route and answer most frequently asked questions. I do not spam. All you’ll get from me is a newsletter, which I personally write, once a week, from which you can always unsubscribe within 10 seconds. GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT TIER 4 (GENERAL ROUTE HERE).

The Genuine Student Rule in Student Visa (Tier 4 (General) Applicants (Part 1 of 3)