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2 Sep 2015

Recent changes to Tier 4

Schools that are sponsors should read the guidance and table of changes carefully.

There have been a series of changes to Tier 4 and revised versions of all three sponsor guidance documents and the policy guidance have been published. The changes include:

  • 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.
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