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Melanie Em
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My daughter has a British citizen passport but has lived in Taiwan all her life, will she be considered a home student if pursuing an undergraduate degree at a uk university?
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My daughter has a British citizen passport but has lived in Taiwan all her life, will she be considered a home student if pursuing an undergraduate degree at a uk university?
Not until she has achieved 3 years residence in the UK in the preceding 3 years before September 1 on the year in which she expects to start her course. Once that is met she will qualify for home status plus student finance.
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As above, its based on residency not nationality.


(The logic is that UK Home status fees are heavily subsidised by the British government - you are not entitled to receive that subsidy if you have not been paying tax here in the UK or in another EU country. If she works/pays tax here for three years then she can be treated as UK resident.)
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Not until she has achieved 3 years residence in the UK in the preceding 3 years before September 1 on the year in which she expects to start her course. Once that is met she will qualify for home status plus student finance.
Thank you for your response. A further question, if she qualifies in the 2nd year of study, can she change to home status then?
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Thank you for your response. A further question, if she qualifies in the 2nd year of study, can she change to home status then?
How would she 'qualify' after only one year in the UK and that as a full-time student?
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Thank you for your response. A further question, if she qualifies in the 2nd year of study, can she change to home status then?
My understanding is no and it remains fixed.
The smarter move is to send her to the UK to live with relatives, attend sixth form for A levels and then do an apprenticeship or get a job for a year till her 3 years are up, then apply with the correct level of residence. I believe the fee status stays fixed and only ever changes in very specific circumstances of which none will apply to your daughter. On the good side once she qualifies for home fee status, she will also be able to apply for student finance loans.
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I see, yes I am thinking we will do that, thank you
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The smarter move is to send her to the UK to live with relatives, attend sixth form for A levels and then do an apprenticeship or get a job for a year till her 3 years are up, then apply with the correct level of residence.
Residence has to be 'for purposes other than education' so essentially either she or her parents have to here, employed and paying tax.
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Residence has to be 'for purposes other than education' so essentially either she or her parents have to here, employed and paying tax.
I am aware. Thank you for your input, welcome as ever.
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I see, yes I am thinking we will do that, thank you
You can check with UKcisa.
The check for fee status is done by the university, its similar but independent of the checks done for student finance.
One doesnt guarantee the other and the application of home fee status can be inconsistent. Both fee status and finance are worth having and waiting for, so its a case of ingraining into your child to be patient until they achieve the requisite amount of residence.


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