Over half of ISC schools are included on the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) register of sponsors.
Inclusion on this register, allows schools to recruit pupils from non-EEA countries.
ISC sits on UKVI’s Educational Forum and lobbies for proportionate treatment of this most highly compliant part of the education/immigration sector.
Tier 4 - update September 2017
The government has commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to advise on the economic and social impacts of the UK’s exit from the European Union and how the UK’s immigration system should be aligned with a modern industrial strategy.
Tier 4 - update January 2017
There will be a consultation run by the Home Office concerning the migration of non EEA students.
Tier 4 - update December 2016
Tier 4 sponsor duty to verify identity of every pupil, The GREAT Britain campaign
Tier 4 - update October 2016
Tier 4 sponsor obligations, Police Registration of Tier 4 applicants (over 16 years old)
Alternative collection locations for Biometric Residence Permits (BRP’s)
The Home Office has issued revised guidance for collection of BRP’s for overseas pupils.
Tier 4 sponsors
Please may we stress the real importance of complying with all the duties associated with being a Tier 4 sponsor.
Tier 4 immigration changes
The Home Office has published a list of the most recent changes to the Tier 4 category.
New Home Office guide to Tier 4 student applications
The Home Office has published a new guide.
Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs)
ISC has been informed that the Home Office recently issued a school with a civil penalty.
ISI’s educational oversight
ISC sent out an alert before Christmas on the possible impact ISI inspections could have on a school’s Tier 4 sponsor licence.
Possible impact of ISI inspections on Tier 4 sponsor licence
ISC has been notified of rumours that UKVI is suspending the licence of schools that fail an ISI inspection on any grounds and will only reinstate the licence at the next full inspection.
Recent changes to Tier 4
Schools that are sponsors should read the guidance and table of changes carefully.
Licence applications and CAS allocation requests
ISC has been contacted by several schools that have experienced lengthy delays in having their applications processed.
Biometric residence permits and CAS allocation
ISC has been contacted by pre-sessional course providers to find out what the process will be for pupils who are sponsored by an ISC school but attend a pre-sessional course first.
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.
Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) for sponsored pupils
ISC schools will be able to receive BRPs on behalf of their pupils
Department for Education and Home Office guidance
Revised statutory guidance and sponsor guidance published.
Updated Tier 4 sponsor guidance
UKVI has changed the Tier 4 Sponsor Guidance. Also see updates on UK immigration, NHS surcharge, biometric residents permits and SELT providers.
Biometric Residence Permits ('BRP')
The Home Office has announced the introduction of Biometric Residence Permits ('BRP') for all non-EEA nationals applying for permission to enter the United Kingdom for more than six months. Also see updates on HTS, Partnerships and Visa Applications.
NHS health surcharge
Tier 4 students could be required to pay the new NHS surcharge from as early as April 2015.
Tier 4 and Highly Trusted Status
ISC met with James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Immigration, to discuss the sector's concerns over Tier 4 and Highly Trusted Status.
Important reminder for schools with Tier 4 licence
Any Tier 4 school whose Highly Trusted Status is due for renewal in November 2014 should consider very carefully whether to apply for renewal in October instead.
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.
Tier 4 sponsor guidance reissued
UKVI has reissued guidance for education providers that are sponsoring students under Tier 4 of the Points Based System.
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.
Tier 4 of the Points Based System – Policy Guidance
Home Office guidance to be used for all Tier 4 applications made on or after 29 June 2017Download
Tier 4 of the Points Based System: Guidance for Sponsors
Home Office guidance to be used from 6 April 2017Download