I am a US citizen/passport holder currently nearing the end of my tier 4 student visa (sep '19- feb '21) for my MA, this is after I studied in the UK with 6-month visa stamp during my undergrad (jan '19- june '19). I understand that I can leave then return to the UK on a "leave to enter" for up to 6 months without a visa to visit friends, which is my intention after going back to the US for a month. I have the funds to support myself and a place to stay during this visit, I plan to obtain an "approval for leave" letter from my US employer, and I would like to book a return flight to the US prior to my UK (re)arrival, but this flight may be up to 5 months after I re-enter on a visa-less "leave to enter" stamp. I am hoping that despite the lengthy visit, this will be enough evidence to show I have intention to return to the US/ not settle in the UK; however...

I am planning to do a teacher training course beginning in Sep '21 in the UK which will provide sponsorship for a new tier 4 visa provided I get an unconditional offer. I have previously applied and been approved for a tier 4 visa, so I do understand the application process (i.e. I will have a CAS, proof of funds, will apply from outside the UK, etc). I am worried that this NEW tier 4 visa application risks being denied given my time in the UK already. All of my visits to the UK are genuine, however. I came here to study, I have not overstayed any of my previous visas, I intend to return to the UK to only visit with friends and enjoy the lovely summer in Brighton, I will leave the UK and apply for a tier 4 from the US at the end of the summer to genuinely undertake another study/training period.


  • how likely is it that my tier 4 visa application for teacher training commencing Sep '21 will be rejected on grounds of successive visits? or is successive visits only grounds to deny a "leave to enter"/short term visits?
  • many people have said they have been able to return the UK on a "leave to enter" after their tier 4 visas expire. Will reentering be as easy for me considering I have previously studied in the UK?
  • what advise do you have to ensure I can enter the UK on a "leave to enter"?
  • what advise do you have to ensure my next tier 4 application gets approved?

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.