I was hoping that someone with experience in UK visas/application experience could possibly provide some advice, I've dug through all the information that the Home Office / UK Boarder Agency provides and am wondering what to do next.
Background: I've been accepted to study in Oxford next year, January-July. I don't technically need a visa but I do if I want to work part-time. I can pay for the program without working, however for extra cash plus the experience I'd like to be able to have a part-time job while at school over there.
Therefore, I need, as far as I can tell, a Tier-4 visa. If I don't want to work, since I'm going to be in the country 1 day short of 6 months, I would be fine. However, as I've had some confusing issues with immigration laws in the past, I would prefer to have the visa just to be safe, regardless of the high application fee.
However, some parts of the visa Tier-4 visa application have made me hesitant to go ahead with it, because I'm concerned if they reject it it might cause problems for me to go at all, since it will all be on the record. Such as:
-Last summer I accidentally stayed more then 90 days in the schengen zone, without a visa (despite assurances from both Swiss and German embassies I was fine), which resulted in a nice fine upon leaving Zurich for home after 101 days in Germany/Switzerland. I was planning to leave on said date, and left as scheduled, however I'm not sure if that would be considered as being "deported, removed, or otherwise required to leave any country..." as asked on the visa application.
-For criminal convictions, I have one speeding ticket and one "following too closely" ticket from a minor accident. All have been paid and dealt with, and I've never served any prison time of course, but the record is there. And then, since it asks for "Do you have any criminal convictions in any country (including traffic offenses), would my overstay in Switzerland/schengen zone qualify?
So with all that, despite the fact I'm only a student (that apparently should have also been a lawyer to plan my studies in Europe last summer), I don't see any reason why my visa should be rejected. Yes, I've made a couple honest mistakes, but I'm not a career criminal, and I'm only trying to follow the laws and do what is right while fulfilling my academic goals.
Thoughts and advice would be greatly appreciated!