Changes to student visa rules are now in force.


Significant changes to the Tier 4 student route of the points-based system have come into effect today.
UKBA 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; andcreate a streamlined application process for low-risk nationals sponsored by Highly Trusted sponsors.
According to UKBA 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.
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