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.
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. ISC has been informed that some schools have not received the form for this and ISC has informed the Home Office and UKVI of the same.
Tier 4 Sites and Teaching Partnerships form - The form must be completed by the school’s Authorising Officer and submitted to UKVI by midnight on Friday 22 May.
Sites and Teaching Partnerships FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions to refer to.
Tier 4 Guidance for Sponsors - Schools should ensure they have read and understood the Sites and Teaching Partnerships section of the Tier 4 Guidance for Sponsors before completing the form.
Schools that do not provide a satisfactorily completed form by the deadline may have their CAS allocation set to zero. The Home Office has requested that ISC encourage all Authorising Officers and Key Contacts, named on the school’s Tier 4 Sponsor Licence, who have not received the formal Home Office communication to check their personal details on the SMS and make any changes as necessary. This will ensure that any future communications are addressed to the correct personnel. If schools require any assistance with this, they should call the Sponsor Help Line on 0300 123 4699.
Changes to terminology for sponsors
Despite the change in terminology for Tier 4 sponsors from 6 April 2015, sponsors will still be required to renew their ‘Tier 4 status’ on or before the date of their previous HTS renewal. Sponsors that do not renew their tier 4 status by their HTS renewal date may receive a letter from UKVI stating that they intend on revoking the licence.
Sponsor Guidance stated that sponsors would not be reminded of renewal dates. ISC has been informed that once the renewal date has passed, the date is no longer visible on the SMS.
It is easy for schools to confuse renewal of Tier 4 status annually and Tier 4 sponsor licence renewal every 4 years. ISC would like to remind schools to remain vigilant to renewal dates and to diarise both so that deadlines are not missed.
Short-term student visas
UKCISA has produced a useful information page on the new student visitor visa.
Tier 4 - update January 2017
There will be a consultation run by the Home Office concerning the migration of non EEA students.Read More
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
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