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The UK Border Agency is pushing ahead with further Immigration Rule changes coming into effect on 4 July 2011, which will have serious consequences for Tier 4 students studying at private colleges.

From 4 July the UK Border Agency will:

  • restrict work entitlements to migrants studying at higher educational institutions (HEIs) and publicly funded further education colleges only;
  • restrict the sponsorship of dependants to those studying at postgraduate level at HEIs on courses lasting at least 12 months, and government-sponsored students on courses lasting at least 6 months;
  • require education providers to vouch that a new course represents genuine academic progression;
  • ensure that maintenance funds are genuinely available to the applicant, by introducing a declaration on the visa application form;
  • commit to publish a list of financial institutions that we consider, on the basis of experience, do not verify financial statements to our satisfaction in more than 50 per cent of a sample of cases;
  • introduce a streamlined application process for low-risk nationals applying to attend courses with Highly Trusted Sponsors;
  • extend the list of courses for which students must receive ATAS clearance;
  • restrict the ability to deliver accountancy courses accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) to those sponsors accorded platinum or gold status by ACCA; and
  • clarify the position of overseas universities with campuses in the UK.

How does this affect you?

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?  

No need to panic.  If you already have valid leave or visa, you will not be affected by the new rules. However, if you transfer college from 4th July, you will follow the new rules. 

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186 Responses to “YES, TIER 4 VISA RULE CHANGES ON 4 JULY 2011 WILL STOP WORK & DEPENDANTS FOR STUDENTS AT PRIVATE COLLEGES”
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  1. viji001@hotmail.com'

    Hi
    I have finished bachelor degree in uk, now I’m in psw. I’m planing to study acca fully 14 papers.
    I’m in nqf level 6. If I switch to acca will they give visa for that?
    Acca is what nqf level from the start ?

  2. hzimal@yahoo.com'

    im a current student in uk and i have applied to my visa end of march 2011 and recieved it buy may 2012.i want to know i can bring my wife as a dependent to uk.pleas give me an answer for this thanx

  3. Bhavin_112@hotmail.com'
    Bhavin_112@hotmail.com'Bhavin says :

    Hi I’ve been here from sep 2008
    Will be finishing my ba hons applied accounting this June.
    Which gives me exemption for the functional papers of acca
    Also I was planning to do acca for the remaining professional paper.
    But I heard that its hard to get a visa since I’ve been here for 5 years as my visa expires this August.
    Is it a rumour or a fact. Will appreciate your answer

  4. euukimmigration@gmail.com'

    You can still try. It is up to the university to decide if you qualify.

  5. selkartamang1@hotmail.com'
    selkartamang1@hotmail.com'selkar tamang says :

    I would like to apply for the student visa but my study is about 2 years gap and I wanna join degree sir what i do sir apply or not sir

  6. hazi99@rediffmail.com'

    hi,I m already in uk and I m gonna do ACCA from a university. So m I able to bring my wife(fiance)or not.please reply ASAP.

  7. sadiajunaid2011@hotmail.com'

    Hi i want to know if i am getting admission in Acca course in bpp university is work will b allowed to me and my husband (dependent)or not. I hv been complete my postgraduate level 7 pgd course from Manchester college and now wang to get admission in bpp. plz reply me quickly. thankz

  8. hunjra1991@hotmail.com'
    hunjra1991@hotmail.com'Ahmed Ali says :

    I am waiting for my tier 4 for visa application answer. I want to ask you that can i work during this period my old visa is finished already. I have taken admis in highly trusted college. I am also taking classes. I was working 10 hours on my old visa can i work same hours.

  9. NIGAHAROOJ@YAHOO.CO.UK'

    hello sir,iam student of ACCA but my college finished the course and not infrom me because i was pregnant.they are saying that u are illegal after 24 oct 2012 but i have a valid visa till 5th may2014.sir can i change a college or not.secondly can i apply bussiness visa

  10. blink182_rockstheworld@yahoo.com'
    blink182_rockstheworld@yahoo.com'prashant gautam says :

    i m student at tier 4 visa.i am a bachelor level student at university of west london.at the time of applying my visa i had showed i m married.my course last for 3 years.can i call my wife over here in uk as my dependent?

  11. olaniyi_olayemi@yahoo.com'

    I Have just completed my Masters programme in Finance and Investment Mgt in the UK and I will like to do ACCA program and extend my tier4 visa and my spouse’s dependant visa. Will I be given right to work for 20hrs and wii my dependant be able to work?

  12. vikasdoshi_901@yahoo.com'
    vikasdoshi_901@yahoo.com'vikas doshi says :

    Hi,
    I finished my mba with university of wells.
    After that i did post study work permit. It will be finsh soon.
    But now i want to do a ACCA from highly trusted collage.
    So i want to know that my spouse can get dependent vissa on that base?

  13. e_ali2755@yahoo.com'
    e_ali2755@yahoo.com'Khaza Jakir Hossain says :

    Dear Sir,

    I was refused 2006 – 320 (21) Case as student visa.

    Now i want to apply as a dependent visa with my wife.

    we both are now in Bangladesh. My wife will apply in NQF level 7 course. So can i apply with her as a spouse.

    Thank you

  14. jit_param@hotmail.com'
    jit_param@hotmail.com'Paramjit Singh says :

    I had applied my study visa tier 4 general in june 2012 .But they had refused my visa because my study document had not verified and i had received my refusal letter on on last date of june. After that I had applied for appeal in july and they have given me visa in july 2012. But they have mention on my visa work is prohibited.Can i appeal some where else.

  15. ibizugbeikponmwen@yahoo.com'
    ibizugbeikponmwen@yahoo.com'ikponmwen ibizugbe says :

    Good day Sir,
    I am a student of salford university in uk, i am on tier4 student visa which is run out very soon, but i have a re-site exam to write and a graduation for the following year and my plan is to extend my visa to the next year. pls tell me what to do and the rule of extend a tier4 visa thank.

  16. pr_rosy143@yahoo.com'

    hello sir
    i am a student of health and social care and i have got general tier 4 student visa. i applied my visa on march 2011 and i am here since sep 2011. but as this course is new for me it is being very difficult to pass my assignment. so that i am thinking of changing my course in same private college where i am studying now. does this new rule affect my visa status or do i have to apply for new visa.

  17. euukimmigration@gmail.com'

    It depends on your visa and when it was issued. Suggest you talk to an immigration adviser

  18. ali.asgor.shohel@gmail.com'

    I’m Ali & I’m student of a university.study in Level 5 so can I bring my dependent in UK?abd can she get work permit.can you tell me please.

  19. yogeshramnah@yahoo.com'
    yogeshramnah@yahoo.com'yogesh says :

    Dear Sir,
    I am planning to complete my ACCA level 3 in London and i wish to know how much hours will I be allowed to work as a full time student.

  20. sonikrunal81@yahoo.com'

    Hi,
    can someone tell me that if i will take acca full time full course then how long will i get visa and can dependant work full time on this visa?

    Regards,
    Krunal

  21. kuljinder87@gmail.com'
    kuljinder87@gmail.com'kuljinder says :

    hi, I came as dependent in 2011 and now want to extend visa with my child and wife in ACCA Govt. college. Will I get work permission and how much money we have to show? My visa is expiring in august.

  22. saggi.brar@gmail.com'

    hi ,I came as a student in level 7(p.g diploma in strategic mgmt and leadership)at BIC college in Birmingham.But this college is blacklisted and they haven’t given any of document.I have no proof.how should I take admission again now.will dependent get work in ACCA in govt college.pls do reply m in great trouble.

  23. saggi.brar@gmail.com'

    hi ,I came as a student in level 7(p.g diploma in strategic mgmt and leadership)at BIC college in Birmingham.But this college is blacklisted and they havent given any of document.I have no proof.how should I take admission again now.will dependent get work in ACCA in govt college.pls do reply m in great trouble.

  24. awaishafeez@hotmail.com'

    hi, I m new student in level 6 course (BSc (Comp). my institute is highly trusted s. I didnt got work allow, some of my friend in my class got work allow… is there any possibility dat i can get work allow or appeal for that. I was in uk in march and applied for visa in feb. I have come to know that this no work allow law applies on students coming after april. Please guide me if there is any possibility.

  25. euukimmigration@gmail.com'

    Only if it is government owned

  26. imran.sandra@yahoo.com'
    imran.sandra@yahoo.com'Sandra imran says :

    Hi sir
    im studying in level 7 but my college is not highly trusted can i apply for dependent.

  27. reetz7@live.co.uk'

    dear sir / madam
    i have extended my visa in last april 2011 from A rated college in ACCA accounting, but i want to change my course with in same college . do i have to apply for new visa and what are the procedures to change my course of study.
    many thankyou

  28. Adaptingphono@yahoo.com'
    Adaptingphono@yahoo.com'Abdul Hameed says :

    I have Tier 4 general student visa with “work prohibited” status since oct 2011 and upto now I had enough money to support myself here in Uk, but unfortunately there in my home country my family had some critical financial crisis and I’ve send the remaining money to them, now I need to support myself in this situation and want to find some job, will they give me the work permission for my remaining stay as Iam in great need,
    plz reply me with some solution I’ll be very greatful

  29. mouritanath@ymail.com'
    mouritanath@ymail.com'Mourita says :

    Hi,
    I am studying in a highly trusted college. I got my visa but I don’t have work permission. After I got college declared now they are a part of university and they can give work permission. So can I change my working status? Can uI get work permission?

  30. jessica_kansakar@hotmail.com'
    jessica_kansakar@hotmail.com'Jesika Kansakar says :

    Hi,

    I am doing Msc. Accounting and Finance which would be complete by this September 2012 and I want to do ACCA course further. Hence, I would like to know if my dependent can stay and work here.

    I look forward hearing from you soon.

    Regards,
    Jesika

  31. shakil_ustc@yahoo.com'
    shakil_ustc@yahoo.com'shakil says :

    HI DEAR, IM JUST APPLIED FOR ACCA UNDER A PRIVATE INSTITUTION. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW CAN MY DEPENDENT WORK WHEN I GOT THE VISA? THANKS

  32. rawish@hotmail.co.uk'

    hi i have applied for tier 4 and because of administration error home office missed out one of the documents and visa was refused.But i had a right to appeal and my appeal was allowed and after 3 months i have received call letter i want to ask that i am finishing my course in this June in my college and would be going to the university for my last year.What can i do?will i have to reapply or should i inform home office that i have finished my course and last year will be doing from the university as i was doing foundation degree.Thanks

  33. rastutgt@yahoo.com'
    rastutgt@yahoo.com'Richard says :

    Thank you, But how best can i stop this sham marriage because its clearly for the purpose of extendiging leave to remain.

  34. eighteenspeedpete@gmail.com'
    eighteenspeedpete@gmail.com'USA Student says :

    Can I study abroad in the U.K for Spring and then Fall semesters in that order?
    I am unable to locate any information online to time restrictions between semesters with a Tier 4 Visa… because there will be roughly 4 to 5 months between semesters.
    I will have no problem submitting maintenance fees at any time, and will only work if I’m allowed to under the new scheme.

  35. euukimmigration@gmail.com'

    If what you claim is true your wife has committed the crime of bigamy and would face a criminal prosecution. However, whether the UKBA remove her or not is another matter. She may be able to stay based on a human rights Article 8 ‘right to familiy life’ claim.

  36. rastutgt@yahoo.com'
    rastutgt@yahoo.com'Richard says :

    I am in UK since 2006 with my wife as my dependant on tier 1 post study visa. Now marriage get bad and she moves out of the house( seperated).
    six months later she manages to secure a fake divorce certificate in order to marry her lover to extend her leave to reamin here as a dependant on British Citizen.
    Is this possible that dependant can swithch over and get married here and be given further leave to remain?
    Thank you

  37. euukimmigration@gmail.com'

    Call 0208 905 1822 on Monday and ask for an appointment with Joanna

  38. kuntalkr@yahoo.co.in'

    hai sir,
    201
    i have student visa july 2011 to may 2014 . sir i study in privet collage i sponser my dependent in feb 2012. but their visa is refuse. so now what can we do what is the way for again sponser them. my collage is still working. sir pls help us and proply guide.

    if it possible for your personal appoitement.

    thx.

  39. nair@gmail.com'

    it is good most muslims are coming like this and working by taking fake degrees .Let those foolish muslim go out.we need only good muslim

  40. euukimmigration@gmail.com'

    ‘Trusted’ one day, then ‘highly‘ trusted, after filling in some forms and paying more fees, the next. But who knows what level of ‘trusted’ they will be rated as in the future? Lowly trusted, partially trusted or not trusted at all?
    The only real ‘trusted’ colleges are government colleges and universities, which is why only their students will be allowed to work part time while on a student visa.

  41. inamul.hassan103@yahoo.co.uk'
    inamul.hassan103@yahoo.co.uk'inamul hassan says :

    Hi ..
    I am a student and I study in a A rated college… My visa expires in 31st Dec 13… My question I would like to move to a highly trusted college..because we never know when colleges shut down.. so before it happen I like to move for a new highly trusted college.. what I have to prepare for that???? Pls let me know..

  42. fouz3333@yahoo.com'

    Dear sir,

    My student visa is expiring in July. My husband is on dependant visa. I want to extend me and my husband’s visa. I want to take another admission in a college. Can you please guide me whether my husband would get the work permission.How he will be able to get work permission.Please guide. Thank you

  43. venkatbalakri@gmail.com'
    venkatbalakri@gmail.com'vetrivel says :

    Dear sir/Madam,
    Iam currently studying at hull university and my mother is looking after me and my younger brother[14] as well and my brother is studying in school.but unfortunately my mother’s visa is ending in july.is there any chance for appliying dependant visa for my mother and brother with my student visa. there is no one to look after my for in my native.please help us.

  44. atiq12221@hotmail.com'

    dear sir,
    can i bring my spouse if i study on government collage . if yes then can you please tell me which level of course i need to take

  45. rmuborakshoeva@gmail.com'
    rmuborakshoeva@gmail.com'Rudoba says :

    Dear Sir/Madam

    Could you please help me
    I am a postgraduate student at IoE under tier 4 general student visa. I applied for my husband visa and he have been rejected because we filled out the wrong application form and money insufficiency. Now we are applying again and i have three questions.
    How long does my money should stay in my account?
    In these 3 months bank statements if money go down of the required amount?
    Can the previous rejection effect the new application?

    Thank you

  46. euukimmigration@gmail.com'

    The rules changed last July. Many students are still arriving in the UK unaware that they will not be allowed to work. Why is this?

  47. abanorbert@yahoo.com'
    abanorbert@yahoo.com'abamukong norbert says :

    hey sir,i actually arrived uk yesterday,to study at the capital college uk,before leaving my country,i was working,i happen to have a visa that does not permit me to work.Does it means my skills will not be explore or how.please sir i don’t want to loose my skills.please sir i wish to be pragmatic.so please tell me what to do.am waiting for your reply

  48. avaniparlikar@yahoo.com'
    avaniparlikar@yahoo.com'avani parlikar says :

    I have submitted my file already on tier 4 general student extension visa.MY old college was north london management school based at edgware.MY result came on august 2011.My college came on bbc scandal in october.my visa finish in march 2012.NOw I have taken admission in publicaly funded colleg.So just want to know that,is there any effect on my visa process due to my old college as it s now its going in fraud case.pls reply me as early as possible.

  49. khyatisaachi@yahoo.com'
    khyatisaachi@yahoo.com'khyati dave says :

    what d difference between public funded college,highly trusted college and higher education institute? out of all three in which one I can call child dependant who is in India?

  50. khyatisaachi@yahoo.com'
    khyatisaachi@yahoo.com'khyati dave says :

    I am on tier 4 general student visa in A rate college and my course is of level 7 and my visa finish in november 2014.I want to call my daughter who is 5 yrs old.Can i call her on dependant?pls answer me.If not then, on which one visa I can call her?

  51. nazeer33_33@yahoo.com'
    nazeer33_33@yahoo.com'nazeer says :

    sir hello i want ask u some thing
    i m living in uk last i year and my visa expire in april 22 2012.but my marrige in may 12 2012.tel me what can i do

  52. euukimmigration@gmail.com'

    You can call the UKBA to check your visa or see an immigration adviser.

  53. leimateo@yahoo.com'
    leimateo@yahoo.com'leilanie says :

    good day sir, i just want to ask how many hours are allowed to work if the visa doesn’t indicate how many working hours are allowed. i came here last march 2011 and studying QCF level 4.
    hope i could find an answer as i am reluctant to work to the hours allowed to my visa. thank you very much.

  54. mohamamdrahim@hotmail.com'
    mohamamdrahim@hotmail.com'mohammad Rahim says :

    Dear sir,
    i came here as a student and now i applied for the Asylum but yet i am waiting for the Appointment please may i know that new Rule will also effect the Asylum seekers.
    Regards

  55. Khyatisaachi@yahoo.com'
    Khyatisaachi@yahoo.com'Khyati says :

    Hello! My name is khyati and I m on student tier 4 general visa.i have submitted my file on 24 June and got rejection and after appealing I got visa card in just last week but there is a doubt in this one that my college is a rated private college and my course will finish in July 2014 but I got visa just this November 2012.i don’t know why it’s happened and I have submitted my file before 4 July so I am allowed to work 20 hrs but in my card it’s written no work and my husband has full time work so can u tell me why it’s happen? I have written covering letter explaining my query to uk embassy.now I m waiting for reply and if I can get leave to remain till July 2014 , I want to call my daughter here who is in India, is only 5 yrs old so how do I call her here? On dependant visa,can I call her? Pls answer !!

  56. euukimmigration@gmail.com'

    You need to see an appeals specialist who can look through the whole case and advise you.

  57. Khyatisaachi@yahoo.com'

    Hello! My name is khyati and I m on student tier 4 general visa.i have submitted my file on 24 June and got rejection and after appealing I got visa card in just last week but there is a doubt in this one that my college is a rated private college and my course will finish in July 2014 but I got visa just this November 2012.i don’t know why it’s happened and I have submitted my file before 4 July so I am allowed to work 20 hrs but in my card it’s written no work and my husband has full time work so can u tell me why it’s happen? I have written covering letter explaining my query to uk embassy.now I m waiting for reply and if I can get leave to remain till July 2014 , I want to call my daughter here who is in India, is only 5 yrs old so how do I call her here? On dependant visa,can I call her? Pls answer !!

  58. shafaatiqbal@yahooh.com'
    shafaatiqbal@yahooh.com'shafaat iqbal says :

    sir,
    i am student tier 4 my visa is one year but UK Border agency did not work aloow to me but i need work because iam free in 5 day of a week what suges to me

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