Tier 4 - update July 2017
UKVI published revised guidance for sponsors and pupils.
UKVI published revised guidance for sponsors and pupils on 9 June. The changes are very minor, comprising a clarification of the conditions under which students are able to change courses without first completing their current course. Nevertheless, schools should ensure that they are consulting the most recent versions of guidance, as follows:
More fundamental revisions were introduced earlier in the year and we particularly draw the attention of Tier 4 sponsor schools to the following two changes:
- A 'three strikes and out' rule now applies to discretionary Basic Compliance Assessments. Schools which have failed the mandatory BCA criteria (visa refusal rate, enrolment rate and course completion rate) for three successive years will no longer be eligible for discretionary assessment when applying to renew their Tier 4 Sponsor Status.
- Schools must report a failure to obtain a 'required rating' in an educational oversight inspection within 20 working days. This applies to any finding of 'Not Met' in an ISI inspection (or any finding of 'Requires Improvement' or 'Inadequate' by Ofsted). Failure to report is itself a breach of sponsor duties.
Other changes introduced by changes to Immigration Rules are summarised in an article by former General Secretary of ISC, Matthew Burgess, here.
Tier 4 - update October 2017
MAC call for evidence on international studentsRead More
Tier 4 - update September 2017
MAC review into EEA-workers in the UK labour market and MAC review into international studentsRead More
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