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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.

12 Oct 2017 Tier 4

Tier 4 - update October 2017

MAC call for evidence on international students

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19 Sep 2017 Tier 4

Tier 4 - update September 2017

MAC review into EEA-workers in the UK labour market and MAC review into international students

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6 Jul 2017 Tier 4

Tier 4 - update July 2017

UKVI published revised guidance for sponsors and pupils.

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4 May 2017 Tier 4

Tier 4 - update May 2017

Exporting Education UK (ExEdUK)

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4 Apr 2017 Tier 4

Tier 4 - update April 2017

Reminder about single issue CAS

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29 Jun 2017

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 2017

16 Apr 2017

Tier 4 of the Points Based System: Guidance for Sponsors

Home Office guidance to be used from 6 April 2017