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31 Mar 2014

Tuberculosis Testing for Tier 4 Students

The Home Office has increased the number of countries from which tuberculosis (TB) testing is a requirement for UK visa applications. Also see updates on Sanctions on Russians/Ukrainians.

Tuberculosis Testing for Tier 4 Students

An individual who wishes to apply for a visa to come to the UK for more than six months must now provide a valid TB test certificate from a Home Office–approved TB testing clinic with his or her application. A full list of the countries subject to this requirement can be found here. TB testing is only required when applicants are making entry clearance applications (from abroad) and is not required when submitting extension applications in the UK. Where a pupil has been in the UK for more than six months and returns to their home country over the holiday period (for less than six months) they should not require additional screening. However if the pupil has remained in their home country for six months or more, after which they apply for a further grant of entry clearance, the student will be required to be re-tested. Schools should remind pupils they are sponsoring to arrange an appointment to take the TB test well in advance of submitting their visa application because of significant waiting times at some clinics.

Sanctions on Russians/Ukrainians

ISC has received several enquiries regarding the recent news coverage on the sanctions to be imposed on Russian and Ukrainian nationals. At present the sanctions target a small number of high-ranking Russian and Ukrainian individuals, however it is possible that this list will expand. The Home Office has advised ISC that this is unlikely to affect pupils at independent schools in the UK; however schools should keep an eye on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s website (www.fco.gov.uk). It is also advisable to check the financial sanctions list when sponsoring a student from Russia/Ukraine. The consolidated list can be found by clicking here and scrolling down to the section entitled 'Consolidated list of targets'. Once opened, schools can use 'Control+F' to search for the surname of the parent. Alternatively, schools can go to the list specific to Ukraine, by clicking here. In the event the name of a pupil's parents is found on the sanctions list, schools should contact HM Treasury to find out what steps they are required to take. HM Treasury have a dedicated financial sanctions helpline (020 7270 5454) and e-mail address (financialsanctions@hmtreasury.gsi.gov.uk).

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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