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Changes to the Immigration Rules dealing with the Tier 4 (Student) Scheme!

10 April 2010

Changes to the Immigration Rules came into force on 6 April 2010, affecting migrant students and educational providers under the Tier 4 of the points-based system.

Only sponsors who hold a Highly Trusted sponsor licence can now offer the following courses to Tier 4 (General) students: (1) courses at National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level 3 or equivalent and (2) 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.

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.

In terms of transitional arrangements publicly funded institutions are deemed to hold a Highly Trusted sponsor licence but they will need to not apply by 30 June 2010 or they will lose this status. Educational providers which are A-rated sponsors will need to make an application by 30 April 2010 in order to continue to offer restricted courses until 30 June 2010.



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