New changes affect Tier 4 students

  • From August 2015, Tier 4 students at publicly funded colleges are no longer allowed to work part-time.
  • From August 2015, Tier 4 students at universities are now permitted to study at the same level if there is a link with the previous course which have been studied before, or if it is confirmed by the university that the same level course sustains their future career.
  • From November 2015, college students are stopped to apply for an extension of their Tier 4 visas unless the college is embedded to a university recognised by the Home Office.
  • From November 2015, college students are not permitted to switch to Tier 2 and Tier 5 visa inside the UK.
  • From the autumn 2015, Tier 4 dependants are prevented to take unskilled or low skilled jobs, however permitted to take skilled work on the part and full time basis.

Student union sabbatical officer

Tier 4 route for a student to take a “full-time, salaried, elected executive position” as a sabbatical officer. The period must be either during the course of their academic studies or in the academic year immediately following graduation Appendix A Paragraph 116(g)

This route is also relevant to for individuals elected to office with the National Union of Students. The education provider remains the Tier 4 sponsor Paragraphs 245ZW(c)(iii)(5), 245ZY(c)(iii)(5)

How long can I stay as a student union sabbatical officer?

The permission to stay is usually given for 12 months, which can be extended up to two years. Moreover, the time spent under student union sabbatical officer will not count towards the 5 years cap.


New Rule changes in effect from November 2012

A host of changes to the immigration rules came into force on 22 November 2012. They include the following:

  • A lowering of the English language requirement for Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) from level C1 (advanced) to level B1 (intermediate), in line with other points-based system categories. This change is being made in response to concerns that the high requirement was a possible deterrent to potentially successful entrepreneurs;
  • Ending switching from Tier 4 into Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) unless the migrant has £50,000 funding from a specified source (registered venture capitalist firms, UK Government Departments – which we are expanding to also include Devolved Administration Departments – or listed seed funding competitions);
  • The curtailment of a Tier 1 (Investor) migrant’s leave if they fail to maintain the required level of investment for the duration of their leave;
  • An increase in the maximum stay in the UK for senior intra-company transferees earning £150,000 or above from 5 years to 9 years;
  • A change to the operation of the Tier 2 ‘cooling off period’ rule to increase flexibility for some migrants who leave the UK before their visas expire and wish to return 12 months later;
  • The introduction of provisions for workers covered by the UK’s international trade commitments in Tier 5;
  • Allowing absences from the UK of up to 180 days per year for those seeking settlement through Tier 2 and other work routes;
  • Allowing migrants in Tier 2 and Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) to undertake supplementary employment in a shortage occupation, even if this is a different occupation to the one they are being sponsored to work in. This will provide migrants with more flexibility and help to ease shortages in these occupations.

If any of these rule changes affect you please do not hesitate to contact us for immigration advice.


Tier 4 ongoing sagas

As the London Metropolitan University saga continued unabated, we would advise all future Tier 4 applicants to seek immigration advice before applying for enrolling at a university or college.  Here at  Barar and Associates we keep abreast of all revocations of licences and rules changes to ensure that our student clients are not ripped off by spurious educational establishments. Instructing us to undertake their immigration allows Tier 4 applicants to focus on their studies while we utilise our experience in getting their case approved.

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