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6 May 2015

Sites and Partnerships

Schools using pre-sessional course providers that do not have their own sponsor licences will be required to send details of such providers to the Home Office. Also see updates on Changes to terminology for sponsors and Short-term student visas.

Sites and Partnerships

Schools using pre-sessional course providers that do not have their own sponsor licences will be required to send details of such providers to the Home Office. ISC has been informed that some schools have not received the form for this and ISC has informed the Home Office and UKVI of the same.

Tier 4 Sites and Teaching Partnerships form - The form must be completed by the school’s Authorising Officer and submitted to UKVI by midnight on Friday 22 May.

Sites and Teaching Partnerships FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions to refer to.

Tier 4 Guidance for Sponsors - Schools should ensure they have read and understood the Sites and Teaching Partnerships section of the Tier 4 Guidance for Sponsors before completing the form.

Schools that do not provide a satisfactorily completed form by the deadline may have their CAS allocation set to zero. The Home Office has requested that ISC encourage all Authorising Officers and Key Contacts, named on the school’s Tier 4 Sponsor Licence, who have not received the formal Home Office communication to check their personal details on the SMS and make any changes as necessary. This will ensure that any future communications are addressed to the correct personnel. If schools require any assistance with this, they should call the Sponsor Help Line on 0300 123 4699.

Changes to terminology for sponsors

Despite the change in terminology for Tier 4 sponsors from 6 April 2015, sponsors will still be required to renew their ‘Tier 4 status’ on or before the date of their previous HTS renewal. Sponsors that do not renew their tier 4 status by their HTS renewal date may receive a letter from UKVI stating that they intend on revoking the licence.

Sponsor Guidance stated that sponsors would not be reminded of renewal dates. ISC has been informed that once the renewal date has passed, the date is no longer visible on the SMS.

It is easy for schools to confuse renewal of Tier 4 status annually and Tier 4 sponsor licence renewal every 4 years. ISC would like to remind schools to remain vigilant to renewal dates and to diarise both so that deadlines are not missed.

Short-term student visas

UKCISA has produced a useful information page on the new student visitor visa.

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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17 Aug 2016 Tier 4

Updated Tier 4 guidance

UKVI has recently slightly updated the guidance on Tier 4.

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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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