UK Short Term Study Visa Multiple Entry for a Genuine Student

This post relates to genuineness requirements as a short-term student and for undertaking study in the UK as Part of a Course. The post also highlights the definition of Higher Education Institution (HEI) in the UK and clarifies issues relating to employment as a short-term student.

UK Short Term Student Visa Multiple Entry

Who is a Genuine Short-Term Student?

UK Short Term Study Visa Multiple Entry for a Genuine Student

An applicant needs to satisfy in his/her visa application that he/she is a genuine short-term student, and should satisfy the following points:

  • furnishes a true account of the duration he/she intends to study in the United Kingdom;
  • genuinely intends to study in the UK on a course that will be either completed during his/her stay in the UK or in agreement with the provisions set out for study in the UK for part of a course;
  • genuinely intends/plans to study a course at an accredited institution;
  • is not intending to study at a state-maintained school/institution for instance:
    • one that provides free education and is mainly funded through public funds;
    • a short-term student can study at a UK Higher Education Institution (university) if the student pays fees;
  • is not intending to live in the UK through frequent/successive periods of study;
  • has enough money to support himself/herself;
  • intends/plans to leave the UK at the end of the study period.

Short-Term Study in the UK as Part of a Course

A genuine short-term student applicant, who intends to complete part of a study course in the UK needs to satisfy the following criteria in the visa application:

  • the student needs to clarify that he/she is studying outside the UK for a UK qualification (for instance, by distance learning);
  • the applicant/student is on a course that is longer than six (6) months;
  • the student is required to spend a period of time in the United Kingdom studying as part of the course;
  • the student is not spending more than six (6) months studying in the UK on any single occasion;

A student who is either re-sitting a formal examination or retaking a study module, or a postgraduate student who is taking his/her oral (viva) examination, can also apply as a short-term student if the study course does not take more than six (6) months on any occasion.

If the student is spending multiple periods in the UK, then he/she needs to clarify that his/her frequent/successive study visits do not mean he/she is full-time studying in the UK. For instance, student spending some months studying in the UK, leave the UK for a few days and then return for a further period of study.

Definition of Higher Education Institution (HEI)

A UK HEI is a recognised body or a body, which receives public funds as a higher education institution from at least either one or more of the followings:

  • Higher Education Funding Council for England;
  • Department for Employment & Learning in Northern Ireland;
  • Higher Education Funding Council for Wales;
  • Scottish Funding Council;

Moreover, HM’s Home Office also accepts the following educational institutions as HEIs:

  • Richmond, the American International University in London as it is recognised in the statute in the Education Order 2006 (Recognised Awards) (Richmond The American International University in London);
  • Health Education South London as an HEI for sponsored students who were assigned a certificate of acceptance for studies (CAS) between 1 July 2015 to 31 October 2016 to undertake a recognised Foundation Programme for postgraduate doctors and dentists;
  • Health Education England as an HEI for the sponsored student to take a recognised Foundation Programme for postgraduate doctors and dentists from 1 November 2016;

Short-Term Students and Employment

In the UK, short-term students are not allowed to work, either in a paid or an unpaid employment/job. The short-term students are not allowed to enrol in a course of study that includes either a work placement or a work experience.

Short-term students can volunteer but are not allowed to undertake voluntary work.

Voluntary workers:

  • often have a contract with the employer, which means the employer is required to provide work and the voluntary worker is expected to attend at particular times to carry out specific/particular tasks;
  • are also usually remunerated in kind;


  • do not have a contract of employment;
  • must not receive payment in kind but are reimbursement for reasonable travel and subsistence expenses;
  • must not take the place of an employee;
  • generally, help a charity or voluntary or public sector organisation.

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UK Standard Visitor Visa:

  1. UK Visit Visa Solicitors for Applications, Reapply, Refusals, JRs
  2. Standard Visitor Visa UK
  3. Parent of Tier 4 Child Visa
  4. Permitted Paid Engagement Visitor Visa
  5. UK Visit Visa Extension- Can I Extend My UK Visitor Visa?
  6. Proof of Ties to Home Country UK Visa
  7. UK Visa Document Requirements | UK Visitor Visa Checklist
  8. Add’l Supporting Documents for Specific Type of UK Visitor Visas
  9. UK Visitor Visa Refusal Reasons for Family, Business and Tourists
  10. UK Visitor Visa Assessment, Requirements and Refusal Reasons
  11. Long-Term Visit Visa UK Multiple Entry Visa Rules
  12. UK Sponsor Documents | UK Visitor Visa Funds Requirements
  13. UK Family Visitor Visa | UK Tourist Visitor Visa General Guidance
  14. UK Business Visitor Visa Requirements: Permitted Activities
  15. Can I Study in the UK on a Visitor Visa?
  16. UK Medical Treatment Visa Requirements | Permitted Activities
  17. Long-Term Private Medical Treatment Visitor Visa UK
  18. UK Child Visitor Visa Application for Children Under 16 Years
  19. UK Visit Visa 2018 | How hard is it to get a Standard Visa?
  20. UK Visitor Visa | Can I Switch a Visitor Visa to a Work Visa?
  21. Applying for UK Visitor Visa after Tier 4 Student Visa
  22. Business Visitor Visa UK Requirements | UK C Visit Business Visa
  23. Suitability of UK Visitor Visa | Visa Cancellation UK

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Refusal on General Grounds:

  1. Types of UK Visa Refusal on General Grounds
  2. Reasons for Refusing UK Visa on General Grounds Paragraph 320
  3. Purpose NOT Covered in the Rules
  4. Deportation Order, Conviction
  5. Deception- Paragraph 320(7A) and V3.6
  6. False Representations
  7. False Documents
  8. Material Facts Not Disclosed
  9. DER, DVR 320(7A-7B), V3.6-3.11
  10. EEA Family Permits
  11. Previous Breach of UK Immigration Rules
  12. Paragraph 320(7B) does not apply
  13. Standard of Proof- UK Visa Refusal under 320(7B), V3.9
  14. Removals 320(7D), AVR (V3.10)
  15. Working Holidaymakers- Working in Breach UK Visa Refusal 320(7B)
  16. Failure To Attend Interview- UK Visa Refusal on Rule 320(7D)

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UK Visitor Visa, Immigration, ILR, Naturalisation and British Citizenship Fee:

  1. Home Office Fees 2018 | Immigration & Nationality Charges 2018/19
  2. UK Visa Fees 2018 from OUTSIDE the UK | Home Office Fees 2018/19
  3. UK Visa Fast Track Fees 2018/19 | Priority and Premium Visa Fees
  4. UK Visit Visa Fee from Pakistan 2018 | Price in Pakistani Rupees
  5. UK Visit Visa Fees in Indian Rupees 2018

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UK Immigration Statistics and Refusal Rates:

  1. UK Visa Refusal Rate 2017 by Geographical Regions
  2. UK Visa Refusal Rate by Country 2017 | Middle East
  3. UK Visa Refusal Rate 2017 from South Asia
  4. UK Visa Applications from East Asia
  5. UK Visa Refusal Rate by Country 2017 South East Asia
  6. UK Visa Applications from North African Countries
  7. UK Visa Applications from Central and South American Countries
  8. UK Visa Applications from Europe
  9. UK Visa Applications from Sub-Saharan African Countries
  10. UK Visa Applications from Australia and New Zealand
  11. UK Visa Applications from Refugees and Stateless
  12. UK Visas Entry Clearance Statistics
  13. UK Work Visa Statistics April-June 2017
  14. UK Visa Refusal Rate from Pakistan and Reasons for Refusal
  15. UK Visa for Egyptian Nationals | UK Entry Clearance Grants 2017
  16. Details of UK Immigration and Work Visas during 2005-15
  17. Non-PBS Domestic Worker, UK Ancestry Visas Issued During 2005-15
  18. Visa for UK | UK Visa Refusal Rate During 2005-17

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UK Visa, Immigration and Appeal Waiting Times:

  1. UK Immigration Appeal Waiting Time 2018 | First Tier Tribunal
  2. UK Priority Visa, Premium Service- How to Fast Track UK Visa?
  3. UK Settlement Visa Processing Time | UK Spouse Visa Timelines
  4. Long-Term Visitor Visa UK | Processing Time, Fee, Refusals
  5. UK Business Visitor Visa Processing Time 2018
  6. UK Tourist Visa Processing Time 2018 | UK Visa Processing Times
  7. UK Visit Visa Processing Time 2018- Family, Tourist, Business
  8. UK Family Visitor Visa Processing Time 2018
  9. UK Visa Appeal Processing Time
  10. UK Visa Delay Reasons- Why UK Visa Getting Delayed 2018?
  11. UK Visit Visa Processing Time India | Tourist, Family, Business
  12. UK Visit Visa Processing Time from Saudi Arabia
  13. UK Spouse Visa Processing Time from Dubai | EEA Family Permit
  14. UK Spouse Visa Saudi Arabia Processing Time | EEA Family Permit
  15. UK Visa Russia Processing Time
  16. UK Visa Processing Time Saudi Arabia- Tier 1, 2, 4, 5
  17. UK Visa Processing Time Dubai and Abu Dhabi | Tier 1, 2, 4, 5
  18. Tier 1 Entrepreneur Processing Time from Pakistan
  19. UK Visa Processing Time Russia | Tier 1, 2, 4, 5
  20. UK Visit Visa Processing Time from Dubai and Abu Dhabi- UAE
  21. UK Spouse Visa Processing Time Russia | Settlement, EEA Family
  22. UK Visit Visa Processing Time Pakistan General Tourist, Family
  23. UK Spouse Visa Processing Time Pakistan, EEA Family Permit
  24. UK Visa Egypt Processing Time | Cairo
  25. UK Visa Processing Time Jordan
  26. UK Visa Processing Time in Lebanon 2016
  27. UK Visa Processing Time Islamabad 2016
  28. UK Visa Processing Time Karachi 2016
  29. UK Visa Baghdad Processing Times from Iraq
  30. UK Visa Application Iraq | Processing Times Basra
  31. UK Visa Erbil Processing Times | UK Visa for Iraqi Citizens
  32. UK Visa Processing Time Lahore 2016
  33. UK Visa Processing Times Mirpur 2016
  34. UK Visa from Alexandria Egypt Processing Time
  35. UK Visa Processing Time Ankara 2016
  36. UK Visa Priority Service Processing Time- UK Visa Timelines

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