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The following changes to Tier 4 student visa applications will apply from 3 March 2010 to adult students coming to the UK to study below degree level in the further education and English Language sectors. 

These changes will not apply to students coming to the UK for a foundation degree (broadly the equivalent of the first 2 years of a Bachelor’s degree), courses at degree level or above, and those coming in as child students at independent (private) schools. 

Home Secretary Alan Johnson announced that the changes will come into force on 03 March 2010 and all Tier 4 applications submitted on or after this date will be subject to the new restrictions. 

  • Students will only be allowed to work during the school term for 10 hours a week instead of the present 20 hours a week
  • Students  registered in courses of six months or less can no longer bring dependants  with them to the UK
  • Students’ dependants (studying for a course lower than foundation or undergraduate degree level) are not permitted to work unless they qualify in their own right under Tier 1 (General) as a highly skilled migrant or as a skilled worker under Tier 2 (General worker, sportsperson or Minister of Religion)
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    48 Responses to “Tier 4 student visa rules change starts today”
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    1. I WANT KNOW ABOUT MY VISA EXTENSION.

    2. muhammad azmat ullah says :

      dear sir i hope you f9 .my problem is this.royel london colleg is not in list ukba .all ready i got visa but my colleg is sucepend what why use becuse i m depres.thanks

    3. inderjeet kaur says :

      hi iam inderjeet i want know about visa extension.

    4. Maha Aburas says :

      Hi
      I don’t know what the point of this new rules.
      Iam hear for two years with my three children,studying English language.Prepairing my self for high education .
      Paying for my rent my all my bills and for my son in the nursery full time.
      Never think of working or aselm .
      And now after Being ready and have an offer to do foundation course,
      The new rules want me to go back because,Iam not allowed to bring any depedent on my visa ?why ?please answer me as soon as posible because my visa will finish next month.

    5. hello!
      i had finish my post graduation from an awarding body CTH now i am going for an extension for MBA top up does it require a level of English?

    6. Onkar sidhu says :

      hello sir/madam i have dependent visa and i am coming in tier4 i have no work permission on my passport and my visa expire on december.i just want to get information about how can i extend my visa with work permission.thanks

    7. Sharada Adhikari says :

      Dear Sir/Madam
      I am level 5 student ADXL now i wanna extent my visa do i need to do IELTS for my visa extension… Moreover my course is not completed yet do i can change my institution
      Can i apply my visa before 5 month of my visa expiry? plz reply me as soon as possible…

    8. mudasar says :

      hi sir
      iam from pakistan and i want to come in uk under tier 4 student visa my coource is PGD can i ask u can i bring my husband and one childern as a depended

    9. mudasar says :

      sir i would like to ask this u have update on ukba web side news on 22 march u tell me when this policy is eplement means 2011 or from april 2012

    10. hi sir,

      i am from Pakistan and i want to come UK for sudent visa under tier-4. so i want to know about some new rules
      1.bank balance
      2.IELTS exam is compolsary or not for acca cource
      3. can i bring my husband and one child with me on dependant visa. Or my husband grant permission to work in Uk
      4.if they need IELTS so what should be band.

    11. Hi
      I am Arjun i come UK before October in 2009 i have more than 4 month remaining visa and i want change college and course before 3 month but i heard new rule applies from April , there may be problem for change college, course and visa . If we change college and course than we have to back to our own country country than have to apply so and so… i heard .Now i am confused what i do so i hope you will gige best answer that new rule will come? or not if so when that will apply ? what will be new changes?
      thankyou.

    12. Hi. . I came to uk last year feb…. level 5 diploma. I didn’t finished my study fully due to new teaching. Now am trying to join new college. Is it possible to join or not. . . Will I get visa

    13. I have a question about getting married in uk, a British Citizen marrying a indian how do you go about getting married in a registar marriage? what kind of visa does the foreigner need to get married here and what documents are needed?

    14. hi sir,

      i am from Pakistan and i want to come UK for sudent visa under tier-4. so i want to know about some new rules
      1.bank balance
      2.IELTS exam is compolsary or nor
      3. can i bring my husband and one child with me on dependant visa. Or my husband grant permission to work in Uk.

      Aman

    15. patel surekha h says :

      Dear,
      Sir/Mem
      I have heard that UKBA is changing the rule of extension and the overseas students have to go back to thier own nation and reaply for visa extension is it true? if is it true please know me when they approve.

    16. dear sir/madam,
      I have heard that UKBA is changing the rule of extension and the overseas students have to go back to thier own nation and reaply for visa extension once their visa is expired..is it true or just a fake news..???

    17. sanwar says :

      Hi
      I am a student under tier4 can I change my status I want to go tier 2.please let me know.

    18. dr sandeep patonde says :

      Sir,

      I have been selected for mch ortho in university of dundee uk ( course of 9 months), so I would like to ask that is it compulsary for me to give the ielts exam?
      Kindly guide

      Thanking you

    19. dr sandeep patonde says :

      sir,

      i am selected for mch ortho in university of dundee uk so i would like to ask that is it compulsary for me to give the ielts exam?
      And also,my wife will come with me as my dependent parn

    20. my friend was got the visa of uk and he is having only 10 hour this is unfair because he is not getting job for he is not eligiblity to work in bp connect they need at least 20 hours this is very wrong from ukba will change the hours for 20 hours at least

    21. my friend was got the visa of uk and he is having only 10 hour this is unfair because he is not getting job for he is not eligiblity to work in bp connect they need at least 20 hours this is very wrong from ukba will change the hours for 20 hours at least

    22. md rahaman says :

      dear sir,i need one advice from you. i am in englind from 2008 oct.my question is, i dont have any progress last two years. also i failed my last exam in all subject. in that case my visa going to finish this december 31st 2010. my attendence is in good level.but allready i changed my college and take admission in another college in different subject.is call nqf level-7. and course will start from this oct-26. am i able to get visa.

    23. shahzad says :

      i am imis diploma student,i am in england from last 2 years and my extension is coming near actually my question is this that i do my ielts in august 2008 with 5.5 bands and it expires now in august 2010 and my extension is coming on february 2011 so please tell me will i have to do ielts exams again for my extension or not.

    24. hi,sir/madam,
      My name is viral j. bhadani. I am Indian.I have competed T.Y.B.com. in Ist class at mumbai university. I have 3Time take I.E.L.T.S.EXAM without classes, score 4.5 band but 3exam overall band 5. Plz.help me & suggestion.

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    27. IJAZ ANWAR says :

      hi ,i have passed my 6 papers of acca.now i want further study in UK.should i need to score my ielts .thanks

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    29. babaljit k sandhu says :

      i am doing postgraduate certificate in international education, it is 1/3 of masters i am BA, B ED. from India .can i apply for post study work visa or any other type of work visa. please help

    30. respected sir,I have applied for the tire 4 general student for uk but it has already been 68 days and i am not getting any response so does it take more days or is there any problem with UKBA please sir do inform me.
      your sincerly,
      milan gurung

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    33. odanga liech says :

      having paid the home office fee in 2005 how long will they keep me waiting for decision

    34. dear sir/madam,
      i am a registerd nurse working in England, i have seen the new system coming for april 6th , i am working in a nursing home, with work permit, and planing to move to nhs, is this new rules coming is it afect me or my family getting new visa under tire 2. am i need to put 800 pounds continusly 3 months for aplaying this visa or the amount coming and going is enough for aplication,
      did my old ielts result is ok , or did i need to wright it again , did my husbent need esol/ielts can you please give me a answer
      thank you
      sheen

    35. mrs.joseph says :

      dear sir/ madam,
      i am mrs. joseph, i got my Tier 4 general student visa for doing OCR NVQ LEVEL 4 IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE (ADULT). when i got my visa it did not mention any thing about how many hours i can work, , if you do not mind can you please give me the information
      thank you for your kindness
      yours faithfully
      mrs joseph

    36. yvonne mabuti says :

      dear sir/madam
      i’m yvonne mabuti from the philippines i’ve applied for student visa last dec.8,2010 but i was refused without valid reason insufficient account i my fund was 720,000 pesos.last feb.8’2008 i relodge again until now no reply from the embassy.How long i have to wait?thank you so much.

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    38. irfan ahmed says :

      dear sir/madam

      i applied for student visa under tier 4 but british high comission refused my application without any solid reason i dont understand is the ECO IS ILLLITRATE HE DID.T CHECK DATE OF MY BALANCE SHEET IT WAS 30-01-2010 ECO mentioned i have submited one month before balance sheetso that please change ECO AS SOON AS POSIBLE

    39. unknown says :

      It is so sad that VFS Makati, Phils. keeps accepting student visa application when in fact, the UK Embassy in Taguig is fast in denying student visas. They always have a reason… anything under the sun… even if an applicant has already complied say- lodged before 22Feb and yet denied because she has no IELTS. or questioned the money in bank because they, the Embassy do not believe that the funds is real… this is bullshit…you could always call the bank… YOU ARE MAKING MONEY FROM THIS STUDENTS!!!! the fee in applying for a visa is not little… shame on you UK EMBASSY!!!!!

    40. hi sir,

      i am in india now and i want apply for sudent visa under tier-4. so i want to know about some new rules
      1.bank balance
      2.IELTS exam is compolsary or nor

      anand

    41. Md Jakir Ahmed says :

      I do not know what The honorable British Govt want because a huge amount of money are spent by student but still there is no certinity to submit their applcation to the British High commision. So What will be their condition?

    42. blue_26_rose says :

      Is the 10 hours applicable only to those students coming in to UK or even the students who are already here in UK or those students who will renew their visa?

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