The UK Border Agency published important changes for ‘Tier 4 Student Visa Sponsors on its website earlier this week:
The procedure for sponsoring students under Tier 4 of the points-based system will change next month, when phase 4 of Tier 4 begins.
From 22 February 2010, visa letters will be obsolete. Tier 4 sponsors will need to use our sponsorship management system to issue confirmations of acceptance for studies (CASs) to all potential students, whether they are applying from inside or outside the UK.
From the same date, we will refuse any student applications under Tier 4 that do not contain a CAS number. If you issue a visa letter before 22 February to a student who intends to apply to us on or after that date, you must also issue them with a CAS.
If a student has used a CAS in their application to us, their sponsor must use the sponsorship management system to report on that student in any of the circumstances listed on the Reporting page of this website.
For more information about Tier 4 sponsors’ responsibilities, download the Tier 4 sponsor guidance from the UK Border Agency website. Source UK Border Agency.