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29 Aug 2014

Highly Trusted Status and Right to Study guide

Over the summer, the Home Office announced changes to rules applicable to HTS applications or renewals. Also see updates on the Right to Study guide.

Amongst the changes, the maximum visa refusal rate allowable for successful HTS applications has been reduced from 20% to 10%. This change is due to take effect for HTS applications and renewals made from 1 November 2014.
ISC contacted the Home Office expressing our concerns as to the impact this policy change will have on schools. The Home Office responded stating that they “will continue to consider low users of CAS on a case by case basis due to the disproportionate effect refusal of one CAS can have on the HTS calculations”. The Tier 4 sponsor guidance has been updated to incorporate the changes to HTS and now contains a specific section on sponsors issuing fewer than 50 CASs. Given that the change could still have a disproportionate effect on schools that issue a low number of CAS but more than 50 each year, ISC wrote to the Immigration Minister setting out these concerns. A copy of this letter can be found here.

Right to Study guide

In October last year ISC reported that we were discussing with the Home Office the production of a guide for schools on the reasonable steps that should be taken to comply with the duty to check that all students have the right to study in the UK. After several months, ISC have finally received a letter from the Home Office enclosing the note.

2 Dec 2016 Tier 4

Tier 4 - update December 2016

Tier 4 sponsor duty to verify identity of every pupil, The GREAT Britain campaign

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4 Nov 2016 Tier 4

Tier 4 - update November 2016

Tier 4 sponsor obligations, UKVI and Home Office

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6 Oct 2016 Tier 4

Tier 4 - update October 2016

Tier 4 sponsor obligations, Police Registration of Tier 4 applicants (over 16 years old)

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17 Aug 2016 Tier 4

Alternative collection locations for Biometric Residence Permits (BRP’s)

The Home Office has issued revised guidance for collection of BRP’s for overseas pupils.

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17 Aug 2016 Tier 4

Tier 4 sponsors

Please may we stress the real importance of complying with all the duties associated with being a Tier 4 sponsor.

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29 May 2015

Biometric Residence Permits for Overseas Applicants

Home Office document on alternatives to customer collection at post office.

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1 Mar 2015

Biometric Residence Permits Frequently Asked Questions

Home Office document on Biometric Residence Permits Frequently Asked Questions.

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1 Mar 2015

Biometric Residence Permits Guidance Notes

Home Office document on Biometric Residence Permits Guidance Notes.

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1 May 2015

Sites and Teaching Partnerships Frequently Asked Questions

UK Visas & Immigration document on Sites and Teaching Partnerships Frequently Asked Questions.

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1 Apr 2015

Tier 4 of the Points Based System: Guidance for Sponsors

Home Office document on Guidance for Sponsors.

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