Checks on new and existing pupils
ISC are close to agreeing a joint position with the Home Office regarding the changes on checks on new and existing pupils. Also see updates on Cambridge IGCSE English Language qualifications.
Checks on new and existing pupils
ISC are close to agreeing a joint position with the Home Office regarding the changes in October 2013 which, for the first time, required sponsors to take reasonable steps to ensure that all their students are entitled to be in the UK. The note will clarify what the Home Office regards as good practice and distinguish between new pupils and existing pupils.
Cambridge IGCSE English Language qualifications
ISC have received several enquiries about the effect of Cambridge IGCSEs being removed from the list of Home Office-approved Secure English Language Tests (SELT). The current transitional list can be found here. In some circumstances, students applying for Tier 4 visas have to show that they have a required level of English language proficiency. This is usually done via a SELT. Cambridge International Examinations recently confirmed that IGCSEs will no longer be acceptable SELTs for immigration purposes. However, this is expected to have a limited impact on schools and pupils for the following reasons:
- Most pupils applying for a place at an independent school are applying under the Tier 4 Child Visa rules. No SELT is required in order to obtain a Child Visa.
- If an existing pupil is applying to university, and is thereby progressing from a Child Visa to a General Visa, no SELT is required. Guidance from UKVI confirms that:
“The student automatically meets the English language requirements if they have successfully completed a course as a Tier 4 (Child) student … The course must have lasted for at least six months, and must have ended no more than two years before the date when you assign the CAS. If you have used this to prove their competence in English language, you must state this on the CAS.”
In other words, most pupils applying to study at independent schools or progressing from an independent school to Higher Education will not need a SELT and therefore the removal of CIE IGCSEs from the list of approved tests will have no effect.
Alternative collection locations for Biometric Residence Permits (BRP’s)
The Home Office has issued revised guidance for collection of BRP’s for overseas pupils.Read More
Tier 4 sponsors
Please may we stress the real importance of complying with all the duties associated with being a Tier 4 sponsor.Read More
Updated Tier 4 guidance
UKVI has recently slightly updated the guidance on Tier 4.Read More
Implications that a Brexit vote will have on existing studentsRead More
Tier 4 General – English language
Approved English language testsRead More
Biometric Residence Permits for Overseas Applicants
Home Office document on alternatives to customer collection at post office.Download
Biometric Residence Permits Frequently Asked Questions
Home Office document on Biometric Residence Permits Frequently Asked Questions.Download
Biometric Residence Permits Guidance Notes
Home Office document on Biometric Residence Permits Guidance Notes.Download
Sites and Teaching Partnerships Frequently Asked Questions
UK Visas & Immigration document on Sites and Teaching Partnerships Frequently Asked Questions.Download
Tier 4 of the Points Based System: Guidance for Sponsors
Home Office document on Guidance for Sponsors.Download