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New Tier 4 student visa rules now in force | Immigration Matters

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The UK Border Agency has implemented significant changes to the Tier 4 student route of the points-based system, which came into effect on 4 July 2011.

The Government has revised the Immigration Rules relating to Tier 4 in order to:

  • restrict work entitlements, by only allowing students sponsored by higher education institutions (HEIs) and publicly funded further education colleges to work part-time during term time and full-time during vacations;
  • restrict sponsorship of dependants to those of students sponsored by HEIs on postgraduate courses lasting 12 months or longer, and of government-sponsored students on courses lasting longer than 6 months;
  • require institutions to confirm that courses represent genuine academic progression from any previous courses studied by the student in the UK; and
  • create a streamlined application process for low-risk nationals sponsored by Highly Trusted sponsors.

The agency said:

‘These changes are aimed at delivering a strong migration system which tackles immigration abuse while allowing genuine students to study at genuine colleges.

‘We have also revised the application forms for Tier 4 (General), Tier 4 (child) and dependants under the points-based system. The new versions of these forms should be used with immediate effect.’

The changes to the Immigration Rules were laid in Parliament on 13 June. A previous news story gives full details of all the changes and associated amendments that come into force this week.

I am a tier 4 student, how does this affect me?

Immigration Adviser Cynthia Barker said:

‘This means that if you renew your visa for a private college or change college after 4 July 2011, you will not be able to work and you will not be able to sponsor your dependant.’ 

A revised version of policy guidance document for Tier 4 migrants, and a statement of intent summarising the new student visa policy, can also be downloaded from UKBA website. 

How does this affect current students in the UK who have valid student visas?  

If you already have valid leave or visa, you will not be affected by the new rules. However, if you transfer college to a private provider, you will now follow the new rules. 

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115 Responses to “New Tier 4 student visa rules now in force”
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  1. Shahbaz says :

    hi..! i want to do bsc in manchester. but for my fees i want to do job there. when will new rules comes in which they will allow me work.its our right to do work for some time so help me please.. thanks

  2. Keyur Patel says :

    Hi I am studying in highly trusted college in business management (top-up) and my visa will be expire on 31st December but my course will be finish next year in August , if I will renew my visa than will be I get permit to work 20 hours per week or not ? Pls replay me as soon as possible because I m totally confuse about it and worried also.
    Thank you

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  4. hi..i m jasmeen, i m in uk from sep 2010 . i passed first year in BAHONS BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT DEGREE LEVEL 4 AND AFTER that i cahnged my coursehealth and social care mannagement evel 4 but becuse of sum reason i culdn,t submit my all assinmnet and i failed in this course and then according o university rules have to that course as a part time but my college said we can,t take u as a part time student according to ur visa rules so colege withdraw spronsership from me…no wi don,t know where to go and what to do? i still got visa till november 2012.but i m without coleg….help plzzzzzz

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  8. Hi There,

    Last time I renew my student visa, BEng Aerospace Engineering
    was Issue Date: 17 NOV 2008 (Before Tier4)
    Expires on : 31 OCT 2012

    I could not complete the course after two attempt then i change to a similar course

    and now I want to finish this course and I should be finishing in June/July 2015

    so basically according to the new rule of Tier4 a person can study only 5 years as an undergrad.

    In my case i need an extra 3 years

    will i be eligible for a renewal of my visa.

    Kind Regards

  9. zeeshan says :

    hi my student visa was refused on sep 2011.cos i didnot study during my stay in this country.I also submitted my file after one day of expiry of my visa than i apply for right of appeal two times and both times i was refused,now what should i do?what is best option for me the time ukba gave me is finished.

  10. hi sir , my visa finish in August and new rule effact me

  11. Parthasarathy says :

    I need refund from uk college,i am from INDIA.

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