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)
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.
A host of changes to the immigration rules came into force on 22 November 2012. They include the following:
If any of these rule changes affect you please do not hesitate to contact us for immigration advice.
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.