Recent changes to Tier 4
Schools that are sponsors should read the guidance and table of changes carefully.
- Clarification that Tier 4 students cannot study at state schools.
- Clarification on the application of the existing rules on time limits in the UK and how they count towards the maximum time permitted under Tier 4.
- Clarification of the requirements when a sponsor applies to add a site, teaching partnership or exceptional arrangement to its sponsor licence. This includes a requirement that sponsors have a contractual agreement for teaching partnerships.
- A new definition of what constitutes a foundation course and the prevention of students studying a foundation course (to prepare for entry to higher education) under the Tier 4 Child category. Schools might like to consider whether some of their courses meet this definition and whether they should consider adding Tier 4 General to their licence.
Tier 4 - update December 2016
Tier 4 sponsor duty to verify identity of every pupil, The GREAT Britain campaignRead More
Tier 4 - update November 2016
Tier 4 sponsor obligations, UKVI and Home OfficeRead More
Tier 4 - update October 2016
Tier 4 sponsor obligations, Police Registration of Tier 4 applicants (over 16 years old)Read More
Alternative collection locations for Biometric Residence Permits (BRP’s)
The Home Office has issued revised guidance for collection of BRP’s for overseas pupils.Read More
Tier 4 sponsors
Please may we stress the real importance of complying with all the duties associated with being a Tier 4 sponsor.Read More
Biometric Residence Permits for Overseas Applicants
Home Office document on alternatives to customer collection at post office.Download
Biometric Residence Permits Frequently Asked Questions
Home Office document on Biometric Residence Permits Frequently Asked Questions.Download
Biometric Residence Permits Guidance Notes
Home Office document on Biometric Residence Permits Guidance Notes.Download
Sites and Teaching Partnerships Frequently Asked Questions
UK Visas & Immigration document on Sites and Teaching Partnerships Frequently Asked Questions.Download
Tier 4 of the Points Based System: Guidance for Sponsors
Home Office document on Guidance for Sponsors.Download