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Tier 4 - important changes

21 September 2009

On 5 October 2009 the UK Border Agency will commence phase 3 of Tier 4 of the points-based system. During this voluntary trial period Tier 4 sponsors will be allowed to continue using visa letters while gradually adopting the use of the sponsorship management system to issue confirmations of acceptance for studies.

However, confirmations of acceptance for studies will become mandatory in February 2010.

Between 5 October 2009 and February 2010, confirmations of acceptance for studies, visa letters, or a combination of both could be used by students to apply for a  visa from within the United Kingdom. Those, applying from outside of the UK, will have to apply with a visa letter until February 2010.

For further details on the implementation of Tier 4, please contact our OISC registered consultants.


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