Category Archives: Tier 4 (Student) News

IPPR Says Genuine Students will be turned away under Tier 4 changes

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has said that changes to the Tier 4 visa rules will “significantly reduce the number of legitimate international students” coming to the UK and this will “cause real damage to the education sector and the wider British economy” as a whole. (more…)

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Foreign MBA Students being put off Scottish Universities

The Chief Executive of the Association of MBAs (Amba), Sharon Bamford, has warned that Non EEA Students are being put off studying Masters of Business Administration (MBA) qualifications at Scottish Universities due to the confusion that surrounds the Coalition Governments Immigration Cap legislation and proposals to tighten Tier 4 of the Points Based System. There has been much debate over the proposals to change Tier 4 (Student Visas) this week with the Immigration Minister, Damian Green, saying that he wished to crack down on privately funded further education colleges in particular which he said were subject to less regulation and more abuse. Mrs Bamford agreed with that statement but encouraged him and the Government to “distinguish between a language school above a chip shop in Bermondsey from a programme that costs international students £30,000 a year to do” (more…)

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Opposition to “disastrous” Tier 4 (Student) visa proposals growing

With only a few days left for people to make their views heard on the “disastrous” Tier 4 (Student) Visa proposals many within the education industry are raising their concerns to crescendo level. This week Universities Scotland said that the proposals would “completely undermine our ability to succeed in what is already a highly competitive market”, the Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA) went further by calling the proposals “disastrous”, and the Vice Chancellor of East Anglia University said that effects of the changes would “make the highly controversial home tuition fees issue fade from the centre” (more…)

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International Student Numbers Increase / UK Student Numbers Decrease

ew figures from the Universities & Collages Admissions Service (UCAS), the body that is responsible for managing University admissions in the United Kingdom, have shown that over the past few years there has been a steady increase in the number of International Students choosing a course of study in the UK, while the number of resident Students has seen a marked decline. However, that could all be about to change if the Coalition Government (as expected) drastically changes the Tier 4 Student scheme in order to reduce (marginally) the net migration figures. (more…)

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UK Government sets out Tier 4 (Student) Visa Reform Proposals

The UK Government has announced proposals for a major reform of the way the Tier 4 (Student) tier of the Points Based System operates. The proposals include tougher entrance criteria, limits on work and an end to students staying in the UK to look for a job. When announcing the proposed reforms the Damian Green said that “41 per cent of students coming through this route were studying courses below degree level.” (more…)

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Cross Party Group raises concerns over tough Tier 4 (Student) Reforms

A cross party group of MPs has raised what it calls  “profound concerns” to Theresa May (the Home Secretary) over tough new plans to reform Tier 4 of the Points Based System (i.e. Student Visas). The group of MPs which includes Conservatives and Liberal Democrats has raised concerns that the reforms will force may English Language colleges to close meaning the loss of thousands of jobs across the country and a significant amount of revenue (it is estimated that overseas students contribute £100m annually to the local economy in Brighton alone). (more…)

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40% cut in Student Visa approvals on the way?

Now that the Coalition Government has announced the proposed changes to Tier 1 and Tier 2 of the Points Based Immigration System it is now expected to focus its attention on reforming the Tier 4 (Student) entry route. And following the announcement that net Immigration to the UK has actually increased to 215,000 in the year to March 2010 he Government may now take a hard line and slash the number of migrants coming to the UK each year under the route. (more…)

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20% Of International Students Remain In The UK Following Their Initial Visa

20% of International Students remain in the UK after their initial visa has expired, according to a new Home Office report titled “A Migrant’s Journey” which has been published today. Out of the 186,000 students who arrived in the United Kingdom in 2004 almost 40,000 remained in Britain by 2009 with the Home Office saying migrants were going on to further study, work or had been granted leave due to family reasons. (more…)

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Tier 4 Criteria May Be Increased Following Announcement Of Student Visa Review

The Minister for Immigration, Damian Green, has announced a review of Tier 4 of the points based system following figures were released showing a further increase in the number of migrants coming to the UK each year on Student Visas. The Student Visa route has long concerned the Conservatives and the prior Labour Government. The announcement will undoubtedly lead to further tightening of the legislation surrounding Tier 4 of the Points Based System. (more…)

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New Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor Guidance Released

The UK Border Agency has released a new application form and guidance document for the Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor Scheme. The changes “clarify some of the questions that the sector has raised around required information and reflects changes to the current operation procedures”. The Highly Trusted Sponsor Scheme, which was rolled out under Tier 4 in April 2010, is expected to be extended to Tier 2 License holders later this year. (more…)

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