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The UK Border Agency has published important changes to the Immigration Rules, which came into force this week, affecting migrant students and educational providers which sponsor them under Tier 4 of the points-based system.

Announcement in full

The Immigration Rules now encompass changes from the Tier 4 review, including the rules governing the new Highly Trusted sponsor licence. Only sponsors who hold a Highly Trusted sponsor licence can now offer the following courses, known as ‘restricted courses’, to Tier 4 (General) students:

  • courses at National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level 3 or equivalent; and
  • courses below degree level that include a work placement (other than foundation degrees, which can still be offered with a work placement by any Tier 4 (General) sponsor).

Education providers who hold a standard Tier 4 sponsor licence can only offer courses at or above NQF level 4 or equivalent. And they cannot offer courses that include work placements unless those courses are degree-level courses or foundation degrees.

(A foundation degree is a programme of study which leads to a qualification awarded at a minimum of level 5 on the revised National Qualifications Framework by an English higher education institution with degree-awarding powers, or awarded on a directly equivalent basis in the devolved administrations. In Scotland, a Higher National Diploma at Level 8 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework is equivalent to a foundation degree.)

If a student is studying a restricted course at an institution that does not hold a Highly Trusted sponsor licence, they can continue to study at that institution until they complete their course of study or their permission to stay under Tier 4 expires, whichever is sooner. If a student wants to extend their stay to complete their studies on an affected course, they must do so at an institution that holds a Highly Trusted sponsor licence.

More information is available in the sections for Tier 4 (General) students and sponsors.

Transitional arrangements for education providers

Publicly funded institutions that were deemed to hold a Highly Trusted sponsor licence on 6 April 2010 are now listed as ‘Highly Trusted’ on the Tier 4 register of sponsors, pending their application for a Highly Trusted sponsor licence. If they do not apply by 30 June 2010, they will lose this status and will be unable to access the Highly Trusted sponsor benefits from 1 July 2010. If you know that your institution will not need or want to apply for a Highly Trusted Sponsor licence, please inform us by writing to HTSLicenceEvidence@UKBA.gsi.gov.uk.

If your institution did not qualify for automatic inclusion as a Highly Trusted sponsor and is currently an A-rated sponsor, you may want to apply for a Highly Trusted sponsor licence. If you make this application by 30 April 2010, you can continue to offer restricted courses until 30 June 2010 or the date when your application is decided, whichever is sooner. If you do not apply for a Highly Trusted sponsor licence by 30 April 2010, you will not be able to offer restricted courses to Tier 4 (General) students after 1 May 2010.

Update to bulk data transfer functionality

Bulk data transfer is a facility that allows Tier 4 sponsors to transfer data in bulk from their own student record IT systems to our sponsorship management system. The facility’s functionality has now been enhanced. Details of the enhancement can be found in the covering letter on the Bulk data transfer toolkit page.

Source: Home Office

See also:

UKBA publish important dates for Highly Trusted Sponsor Scheme

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18 Responses to “UKBA publish Tier 4 changes for education providers and migrant students”
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  1. nazmul kabir says :

    Hi, I m nazmul kabir. Already I applied for visa. Now I living uk. I show my bank statement from my country. I am account holder. So is it possible. Please help me and advice me about that.
    Thanks

  2. reena abbas says :

    hey..can anyone please provide me some information about “London College of Advanced Studies” as how many times the college was susspended and for how long,current status of the college and UKBA view about this college. im an existing student of this college but has been unattended for more then a year coz of a major family problem. right now im trying to change my college to LSBF but my visa is expiring in may 2011 and im really worried if the reject my visa renewal because they wudn’nt believe my situation why i was absent for that long. please help
    regards
    reena

  3. Raghbir SINGH says :

    hi sir my name is raghbir singh i am doin mba here in london my question is that i got fail in 2nd medule twice and this is my last chance if i not pass it it i will be running out of degree can you please tell me if any chance i am not able to pass my module can i get admission in another college in another masters programe or in mba again please help me regarding this raghbir

  4. Farhana Anwar says :

    Dear Sir/Madam.
    i am studying at London College Of Advance Studies, in London. This college is not in UKBA list from long time. they said me it is not students’ problem it is our problem, you get your certificate and you can top up for MBA. they gave me written avidance that, i will get certificate. can i know about this college and what is your sugestion please send me. it will helpfull for my life. this type of institute threat for our life.
    please help us to give proper way.

    thank you
    Farhana

  5. Aneesh says :

    I would like to joining NVQ course . can u tell about working hours (20 + 15 hrs from college as part of training).kindly i request to answer my qustion.

  6. iam studeying dolpma course can i extend my visa

  7. […] UK Border Agency has announced that revised versions of the application form and guidance for the Highly Trusted sponsors licence (under Tier 4 of the points-based system) have been published […]

  8. Hi sir,
    I just want to ask about the status of GG College because there are rumors that our school GGC is totally closed.Is it true? Can you please confirm the true status of GGC? so that we can apply into another college as soon as possible. Thank you very much!!

  9. Dear GOMZI,
    politely to say; as a student try english studies too as it can help with correct spellings as this has not treated you fairy in your question above.
    Best in all.

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  11. Ali Butt says :

    hello sir i want to know the mean of the term “below degree level”. I am doing the course which is on NQF Level 5 BCS Diploma, could you plese tell me that is that course on the degree level or below degree level…????

  12. marjorie ngalob says :

    SIR/MADAM,

    I AM ONE OF THE STUDENT IN CAREER STUDIES GOLDERS GREEN COLLEGE AND I WANTED TO BE CLARIFIED ABOUT MY SITUATION REGARDING ENROLLMENT. WHEN I RENEWED MY VISA LAST MAY 2009 FOR THE FIRST TIME, I WAS ENROLLED BY THE COLLEGE INTO NVQ LEVEL 3. I WAS GRANTED 18 MONTHS AND NOW I FINISHED MY COURSE BUT MY VISA IS STILL ACTIVE UNTILL 2011. MY QUERY IS, AM I GOING TO ENROLL ANOTHER COURSE UNTILL 2011, BECAUSE TO BE HONEST, I HAD BEEN WORKING 33 HOURS A WEEK SOMETIMES AS MY WORK PLACEMENT AND MOSTLY 20 HOURS AND I DONT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO PAY FOR THE ADVANCE FEE. AM I NOT GOING TO SPEND THE REMAINING MONTHS TO WORK SO THAT I COULD BE ABLE TO HAVE CHANCES TO WORK AND HAVE A LITTLE INCOME ALSO.THIS IS ALL AND I WOULD BE VERY HAPPY TO RECEIVE A REPLY FROM YOUR GOOD OFFICE. THANKS AND MORE POWER..

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  16. anil lama says :

    dear sir,
    now i am in australia on student visa.now i am doing diploma of IT.after completion of my course i am planning to move in uk so, my problem is can i apply student visa from here or do i need to go back my home country. please guide me i am really getting diasturb thinking about this problems.my friends who study in uk they told me you can apply from there but i ahve to make sure wheather i can apply from here or not and one thing i heard that from nepal we cannot apply student visa for uk because its temproraly ban. so, i don’t know what to do ..

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  18. Serene says :

    Is BSc Hons International Nursing under “restricted course”?

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