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31 Mar 2014

Tuberculosis Testing for Tier 4 Students

The Home Office has increased the number of countries from which tuberculosis (TB) testing is a requirement for UK visa applications. Also see updates on Sanctions on Russians/Ukrainians.

Tuberculosis Testing for Tier 4 Students

An individual who wishes to apply for a visa to come to the UK for more than six months must now provide a valid TB test certificate from a Home Office–approved TB testing clinic with his or her application. A full list of the countries subject to this requirement can be found here. TB testing is only required when applicants are making entry clearance applications (from abroad) and is not required when submitting extension applications in the UK. Where a pupil has been in the UK for more than six months and returns to their home country over the holiday period (for less than six months) they should not require additional screening. However if the pupil has remained in their home country for six months or more, after which they apply for a further grant of entry clearance, the student will be required to be re-tested. Schools should remind pupils they are sponsoring to arrange an appointment to take the TB test well in advance of submitting their visa application because of significant waiting times at some clinics.

Sanctions on Russians/Ukrainians

ISC has received several enquiries regarding the recent news coverage on the sanctions to be imposed on Russian and Ukrainian nationals. At present the sanctions target a small number of high-ranking Russian and Ukrainian individuals, however it is possible that this list will expand. The Home Office has advised ISC that this is unlikely to affect pupils at independent schools in the UK; however schools should keep an eye on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s website (www.fco.gov.uk). It is also advisable to check the financial sanctions list when sponsoring a student from Russia/Ukraine. The consolidated list can be found by clicking here and scrolling down to the section entitled 'Consolidated list of targets'. Once opened, schools can use 'Control+F' to search for the surname of the parent. Alternatively, schools can go to the list specific to Ukraine, by clicking here. In the event the name of a pupil's parents is found on the sanctions list, schools should contact HM Treasury to find out what steps they are required to take. HM Treasury have a dedicated financial sanctions helpline (020 7270 5454) and e-mail address (financialsanctions@hmtreasury.gsi.gov.uk).

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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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