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.
Guidance notes and forms for schools that are Tier 4 sponsors and want to:
- Register to receive BRPs on behalf of sponsored pupils (alternative collection location)
- Register to collect BRPs on behalf of sponsored pupils (third party collection)
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. The Home Office has confirmed that if pupils are going to complete a pre-sessional course at a different provider’s premises, which is not close enough for them to collect their BRPs from sponsor schools, they should enter the postcode for the provider and the BRPs will be sent to their nearest post office. Pre-sessional course providers should contact the Home Office directly to find out whether they will permit them to nominate a member of staff to use the third party collection route as outlined in the Home Office guidance document.
The April edition of the sponsor guidance contained several changes to the tier 4 sponsor regime; the most topical being the restrictions on the number of CAS that sponsors can apply for.
Document 2 of the sponsor guidance states: "You can apply for your annual CAS allocation using your SMS account. If you issued more than 50 CAS in the previous year, you can apply for an increase in your CAS allocation of up to 50 per cent of your previous year's CAS allocation. If you issued fewer than 50 CAS in the previous year, you can apply for any reasonable increase." It is important for sponsors to note that the guidance also makes clear that once CAS have been assigned, sponsors may not apply for additional CAS 'in-year', although they add that "UKVI will retain discretion to grant additional CAS on an exceptional basis".
ISC has been approached by several schools that are still waiting for their allocation request to be approved and have been informed that requests could take up to 18 weeks to be processed. It is therefore very important that schools plan ahead so that they are granted a sufficient number of CAS for the year and they receive them in good time. It is also worth noting that the Home Office may ask for reasons as to why a specific number of CAS has been requested so schools should carefully assess the number of CAS required and the reasoning behind the figure before submitting a request on the SMS.
Following the changes to terminology for sponsors, schools should note that whilst Highly Trusted Status has ceased to exist, they will still need to apply for a Basic Compliance Assessment every 12 months.
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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