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An increasing number of overseas students are running into difficulty renewing their student visas where the educational provider is not listed on the Tier 4 Register of sponsoring colleges, according to Immigration Adviser Evelie Padadac. 

Since Tier 4 of the Points based System was implemented on 31 March this year, colleges must be licensed by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) to take international students on student visas. 

In country students already in the system do not come to light until they want to extend their visas. 

The new 56 page ‘TIER 4 (G)’ form (APPLICATION FOR A GRANT OF LEAVE AND BIOMETRIC IMMIGRATION DOCUMENT UNDER TIER 4 GENERAL STUDENT), which replaces the FLR form, clearly requests the ‘Sponsor Licence Number’ in section 3. 

Evelie, an OISC registered adviser with Bison UK, has advised several students this week whose visas are expiring but are studying at colleges not yet licensed by the UKBA. 

Some have even been told by the non-registered college that their “applications have been sent to the Home Office”, which leaves the students in a very dangerous position since the application, in the unlikely event that it had been submitted, would be rejected. 

Evelie was worried that they could be left stranded if their visas expired. She said:  

“The students are being kept in the dark by the college, which has applied for the sponsor licence, whilst the clock is ticking on their visas.

“If their visa expires they will have to leave the UK and could be branded an ‘overstayer’.

“Others have had their applications returned by the UKBA advising them to “register with a licensed college”. 

You can check the Sponsors Register on the ‘Sponsoring students under the points-based system for immigration‘ of the UKBA website. 

Colleges appearing on the register will be given a Tier 4 ‘A’ or Tier 4 ‘B’ rating based on a scoring system, but the main point is that they must be listed. 

Colleges not yet listed may be one of the hundreds of educational institutions still be going through the accreditation process with one of the accreditation bodies such the British Council, BAC or ASIC. 

ASIC publishes a directory of colleges accredited or currently going through the process.

Once a college is accredited it can apply for a Tier 4 licence, which will take around six weeks and involve an inspection visit by a UK Border Agency officer.   

Cynthia Barker, Centre Manager of Majestic College, which has received its Tier 4 Licence, said the whole accreditation and licensing process could take up to nine months.

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531 Responses to “Make sure your college is on the Tier 4 Sponsors Register before renewing your visa”
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  1. hi i need to know when bic was removed from the register
    i applied my hsmp in may 2010 i need to know if that time it was in the list or not…i saw myself it was on the list but if any one else remembr that time it was there let me know..
    thanks your help can save my career thanks
    please

  2. Rizwan says :

    hello,

    i just want to know that GRIFFITH COLLEGE IN NORTH FINCHLEY is still ukba approved colleges or not

    thanks

  3. sir can i hv know abut leeds central college ..i cant find on list no

  4. Check with Companies House on name change and UKBA on the Tier 4 sponsors licence.

  5. IVY MARY VARGHESE says :

    respected sir,
    i wanted to know whether A&S TRAINING COLLEGE IN LONDON HAS CHANGED ITS NAME TO PARK ROYAL COLLEGE LTD. IF SO WHAT IS IT A LICENSED ONE WHAT IS ITS RATING AND WHETHER IT HAS AN TIE UP WITH AN AGENCY KNOWN AS aimagroup in cochin , india

  6. kingsley says :

    Sir please is it the responsibility of ASIC to determine a college that is A rated or highly trusted?

  7. Howdy! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a collection
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  8. sajjid ali says :

    HEllo sir/Madam……
    can you please tell me about Westbridge college of north acton 6 chase road is in ukba closing listed or not,because i want admission in that college.thank you

  9. My college is west yorkshirk college is ok

  10. Suggest you talk to a qualified UK immigration adviser before going further. Call Bison UK on 0208 905 1822.

  11. Hello Sir,
    I have visa until 17 August 2012.
    I came here in UK last year 2011 as a student visa and i found out that my money taken the official recruiter of the college was not paid to my college. The college ask me to pay my balance and i cant pay it again. So i was not able to continue my studies that time.

    Now i found someone helping me to stay and we applied for a domestic helper and the immigration refuse my application because they said that i cant transfer my visa as a student to become domestic helper. Now someone is offering me sponsor my studies and send me to highly trusted school so that i can enroll and renew my student visa.

    Is is possible for me to enroll again? so that i can renew my visa? I am very willing to go to study.

  12. Make sure your college is on the Tier 4 Sponsors Register – check the register online.

  13. Muhammad Taimoor says :

    I have got admission in Leeds Professional colelge, UK. I want to know about the status of this college. Is it registered of UKBA. Please let me know. Thanks

  14. KHALID says :

    HELLO GUTS IF ANYONE WANT A VISA FROM PAKISTAN TO COME TO UK OR A VISA TO GO TO CANADA OR AUSTRAILA PLEASE CONTACT ME I CAN GET YOU A OFFICIAL VISA PLEASE CONTACT ME ONLY PEOPLE WHO REALY NEED HELP AND ALSO IF WANT TO A INDEFINATE STAY IN THE UK I HAVE A TEAM IN LONDON WHO MAKE FILES WHICH SHOW YOU HAVE BEEN HERE FOR 15 YEARS NHS RECORDS SCHOOL RECORDS HOUSE RECORDS AND YOUR OLD FILES ARE CHANGED WITH NEW DATES YOU CANT HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD

  15. my college is currently out of the list, however i wish to go to india for a few weeks when i come back will i be able to? or will the home office send me back, as i am currently waiting if the college will come back into the list or not

  16. hi i applied the file for change the collage but it’s 1 year now i don’t got any answer from ukba about my collage application will you tell me the prosses of file in ukba for how long.

  17. sradar bahre alam says :

    dear sir/madam
    i paid fee to to the meritime green wich college london uk .now from the last two month the college did not response me.can u help me that why the college is not reply what is the problem.thanks

  18. hi my callege name is kensington copllege of business.but i don’t know my college is A or b raitad. now it is saspenson college can you talke me plz.

  19. Only students in government owned colleges can work, regardless of being highly trusted.
    See also:
    HIGHLY TRUSTED PRIVATE COLLEGE STUDENTS DO NOT HAVE THE SAME RIGHT TO WORK AS GOVERNMENT SPONSORED INSTITUTIONS
    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 http://www.immigrationmatters.co.uk or email: info@immigrationmatters.co.uk

  20. Hello,

    I have got the student visa (tier 4)with an highly sponsored trusted college in london. But in the visa..i have been asked not to work..but when enquired with the college they said..those students who are admitted in that college are eligible to work..since it is a highly sponsored college.. I did not understand this.. Can any one advice me in this regard or clarify my doubts..

    regards
    RAM

  21. Many private colleges have closed following changes to the Tier 4 rules on 4 July 2011. Check the UKBA Tier 4 sponsors register. You could also talk to their awarding body and ASIC/BAC accreditation bodies about their status as the UKBA can be difficult to reach.
    If they have closed and you need advice – call Jo on 0208 905 1822 for a free consultation. She can help you find another provider.

  22. Sorry to hear that. Many private colleges have closed down following changes to the Tier 4 rules on 4 July 2011. Tier 4 students applying to private colleges, unlike government owned colleges and universities, are not allowed to work or bring dependants. This has destroyed their market and some cannot survive.
    Have you been to their premises? Check the UKBA Tier 4 sponsors register. You could also talk to their awarding body and accreditation body ASIC (or BAC) about their status as the UKBA can be difficult to reach.
    If they have closed you need to take urgent advice – call Jo on 0208 905 1822 for a free consultation. She can help you find another provider.

  23. sir
    i took admission in the vocational training academy(4 frederick’s place,old jewry bank city of london EC2R 8AB)
    I got my visa and now i am in uk.i went my college bt it is closed i caled bt no one receive my cal i e_mail bt no response so please inform me about my college status.is it suspend or close.thanks

  24. i want to know about the presnt status og vocational training academy in central london

  25. Hi i was just wondering how i go aboute fully withdrawing from the collage and i if i had to give notice.
    Best regards

  26. Hi,
    I’m planning to come to UK and continue my IADCS(international advanced diploma in computer studies) awarded by NCC. There are 5 colleges in UK that offer this course. They are Birmingham International College, Regal College, London College of Business and Computing, West London School of Management and Technology and London Academy of Management Science.
    I want to know if these institutes are under the Tier 4 and if any othem are frauds.
    Awaiting your reply.

  27. You must take specialist advice from an immigration adviser familiar with visa appeals. The success of your case depends on a number of factors: grounds of appeal, quality of case preparation and bundle, quality of presentation and representation at the hearing and finally which immigration judge is sitting on the bench!

  28. SILAMBARASAN says :

    HELLO SIR,
    I APPLIED MY VISA ON 16 DECEMBER 2009 FROM “CASTLE COLLEGE OF MANAGEMENT SCIENCES” ITS UNDER TRIEL-4 UKBL.
    WHEN I CHECK 28TH OCTOBER 2011 LIST MY COLLEGE IS SUSPENDED, BUT COLLEGE UNDER THE ACCREDITATION OF “ASIC”BUT NEXT MONTH 22ND NOVEMBER 2010 I HAVE HEARING REGARDS OF MY APPEAL(VISA). SO ITS POSSIBLE WILL I GET VISA.
    SO PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT I HAVE TO DO NOW? SIR!!!

    MANY THANKS
    LOOKING FORWARD FROM YOU SIR…..

  29. SILAMBARASAN says :

    HELLO SIR,
    I APPLIED MY VISA ON 16 DECEMBER 2009 FROM “CASTLE COLLEGE OF MANAGEMENT SCIENCES” ITS UNDER TRIEL-4 UKBL.
    WHEN I CHECK OCTOBER 2010 LIST MY COLLEGE IS SUSPENDED, BUT COLLEGE UNDER THE ACCREDITATION OF “ASIC”.BUT NEXT MONTH 22ND NOVEMBER 2010 I HAVE HEARING REGARDS OF MY APPEAL(VISA). SO ITS POSSIBLE WILL I GET VISA.
    SO PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT I HAVE TO DO NOW? SIR!!!

    MANY THANKS
    LOOKING FORWARD FROM YOU SIR…..

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