In order to come to the UK on a Student Visa, or extend a Student Visa, you must be enrolled in a college, university or educational provider listed on the DIUS Register. No entry on the Register – no visa.
In 2006, 309,000 people came to Britain on student visas from outside the EU, to study a wide range of courses in the many thousands of colleges competing for their custom.
According to Home Office figures, international students contribute £2.5 billion to the UK economy each year in tuition fees alone and an overall estimated contribution of £8.5 billion.
The DIUS or Department for Innovation, Universities & Skills publishes a list of approved educational providers (formerly known as the DfES Register) in the United Kingdom.
The ‘Register of Education and Training Provider’s’ is designed to help the Home Office tackle immigration abuse in the education sector.
All colleges that want to recruit overseas students must appear on the Register, otherwise Entry Clearance or a Student Visa will not be granted or extended.
The DUIS website clearly states that:
“The Home Office will only grant student visas to people intending to study at an institution on the Register.”
Although colleges are vetted and can be inspected at any time, the DIUS points out that a listing on the register is not a recommendation.
“If a college is on the Register this does not mean there is any guarantee of the quality of education available at that college. There is no automatic quality assurance or accreditation of colleges on the Register.”
Immigration Adviser and Appeal Specialist, Mike Higgs of Bison UK, deals with a large number of Entry Clearance and Appeal cases for students. He said:
“If you are in the UK on a student visa you must be in full time study and enrolled with an approved college or educational institution in order to comply with your visa conditions. This is covered in the UK Border Agency immigration rules under Rule 57(i)(c) and 57(ii)(c).”
Mike receives many enquiries from students who are either not studying, sometimes through no fault of their own because their provider has failed to deliver the course or has gone out of business, or who are enrolled in a college not on the DIUS list.
“Students not engaged in full time study risk being sent home and will have great difficulty in extending their ‘further leave to remain’ in the UK.
“You are allowed change courses or educational provider, but you should inform the Home Office in writing. Most colleges will assist you with this letter.” He said.
If you are abroad and wish to come to the UK to study, check that the college to which you are applying is on the Register. Student visas will not be issued to overseas student unless the educational establishment or college is included on the DIUS Register.
You can search the DIUS Register at: