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The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has recently published proposed criteria to become a Highly Trusted Sponsor under Tier 4, which may be the final ‘nail in the coffin’ for some private colleges.   

Many private colleges are giving up simply shutting their doors and telling their students to “find another college”.

Tier 4 students are also utterly confused by further set of rule changes.  In the last few weeks I have received an increasing number of calls and emails from panic stricken students reporting that their college had ‘closed down’, usually following their suspension from the Tier 4 Sponsors Register or perhaps following changes to the Tier 4 Immigration Rules on 4 July 2011.

Furthermore, students assume that if they are registered with any ‘Highly Trusted’ institution, they will be treated equally. NOT TRUE if the ‘highly trusted’ sponsor is also a private college. A private college is a private college no matter how ‘highly’ they are trusted, and students applying to those colleges will not be allowed to work or sponsor their dependants.

To remind you, goalposts were moved again on 4 July so that students applying for visas or extension after this date are:

  • only allowed to work if they are sponsored by government universities or higher education institutions (HEIs) and publicly funded further education colleges to work part-time during term time and full-time during vacations;
  • only allowed to sponsor dependants if they are studying at or sponsored by HEIs on postgraduate courses lasting 12 months or longer, and of government-sponsored students on courses lasting longer than 6 months;
  • only able to obtain a CAS if the institution has confirmed that their course represent genuine academic progression from any previous courses studied by the student in the UK – see also the 3 year rule and reference requirements which are preventing many students from renewing their visas.

Large numbers of students have also jumped from one private college to another without being able to prove that they have ever finished a course or made satisfactory progress. Progress reports and references have always been a vital requirement and colleges who do not take take these up will find themselves in trouble. 

Recent Tier 4 student visa changes do not affect EU migrants such as Bulgarian and Romanian students coming to the UK to study and work on a Yellow Card. They need to find a college on the ‘pre-tier 4′ DIUS register and can still work full time when taking a vocational work based course, such as an NVQ or QCF in health and social care.For free immigration news updates, please visit www.immigrationmatters.co.uk  or email: info@immigrationmatters.co.uk 

See also:

New Tier 4 sponsor guidance published for Highly Trusted Sponsorship – will your private college qualify?

Pre Tier 4 students in the UK under the Immigration Rules that were in place before 31 March 2009

University of Wales cease validating degrees at colleges and other institutions

UK Universities and Colleges report thousands of Tier 4 students to UK Border Agency over visa suspicions

New Tier 4 student visa rules now in force

Immigration Rules for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals

Free Movement of EU nationals explained

Comprehensive Sickness Insurance now required for Bulgarian and Romanian study work yellow cards

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Cynthia Barker is an Immigration Adviser and Co Author of the book: How 2 Come to the UK to Live Work Study or Visit. Cynthia writes a regular immigration column for Planet Philippines and Europhil Journal.

59 Responses to “HIGHLY TRUSTED PRIVATE COLLEGE STUDENTS DO NOT HAVE THE SAME RIGHT TO WORK AS GOVERNMENT SPONSORED INSTITUTIONS”
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  1. prabudda says :

    i am going to study in CSBM( capital school of business managment) its a UKBA approved Highly trusted college. it has affiliated with 5 universities. will they issue me 10 hours work permit?

  2. Hi Sir,
    In uk could u tell me that ‘cromwell college of IT and Management ‘is government or private. plz help me sir anyone who has information abt it.

  3. Why don’t you ask them or check the websites. You must do your own research before deciding or use a good agent.

  4. varinder says :

    sir , plz tell me that Birmingham Metropolitan College is a government college or not? if i took admission in this college could i got a right of doing part time job????

  5. Hi I’m a student in London
    I’m a student and my college was closed at that time I have a work limit 20 hrs. And I changed to other college which is A rated i have got the visa but not work permit after 2 months my college was went into a HTS my ukba so there is any chance to work and study both together. On my previews visa I have still work permit.

  6. Dear sir
    I am wishing to join kaplan financial training college in birmingham.i am currently student of ACCA and completed first six paper.so i am intend to do next six paper in kaplan.so my question is that are they give permit of work? If they do then how many hours i am going to have 10 hours or 20 hours. Please reply as soon as possible.
    Kind regards
    Rabib ahmed

  7. angel_sara says :

    Hi.
    I took the admision in a college which is now closed. i am genuine student. i was regularly attended my college till it was open. my college is removed from UKBA list last week..Now i am trying to get addmision either in Govt funded college or Uni.
    my question is
    1: I want to take addmision in other college what documentts or letter i need from my previous college?

    2: Can i apply from here. or do i have to go back to my country and apply?

    3: What will be my visa process of applying from here?

  8. […] HIGHLY TRUSTED PRIVATE COLLEGE STUDENTS DO NOT HAVE THE SAME RIGHT TO WORK AS GOVERNMENT SPONSORED I… […]

  9. Honey, the UK is still the second most popular destination for international students, despite the best efforts of the UKBA’s business prevention unit (BPU)! Many small colleges have lost their licence, but government and larger colleges are generally safe. For more information see – http://www.uk-universityservices.co.uk/

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