What students should do when their college Tier 4 Licence is suspended

What should an international student do if the college they have applied to has their Tier 4 Sponsors licence suspended or withdrawn by the UK Border Agency?

Immigration Matters receives a large number of inquiries from students who have obtained visas or are already studying at a college which was approved by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) but later had its licence suspended.

It is estimated that thousands of students are studying at colleges which previously appeared on the UKBA Tier 4 Sponsors Register, but were later suspended.

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The realization that your college name no longer appears on the list of approved sponsors can send a wave of panic throughout the campus. But do you need to change college immediately?

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UK university setting up a memorial scholarship in memory of murdered Indian student

Lancaster University is to set up a scholarship in memory of Anuj Bidve the Indian student whose unprovoked murder in Manchester evoked widespread sympathy and outrage.

“The scholarship is a fitting and lasting way of remembering Anuj, who was an outstanding said Lancaster University’s vice-chancellor Professor Mark E Smith.

Bidve, 23, was studying engineering at Lancaster when he was killed in Salford on December 26. Continue reading

Changes to appeals against immigration and asylum decisions from 19 December 2011

Date: 09 December 2011

The Ministry of Justice will be introducing appeal fee charges for some asylum and immigration appeals from 19 December 2011.

People who want to appeal against a decision notice dated 19 December 2011 or later will need to pay a fee. The appeal fee will apply to most categories of visas and decisions. Any exemptions to the fees will be outlined by the Ministry of Justice. This will not affect any decision notices that are dated before 19 December.

Also, from 19 December people will need to lodge their appeals at the tribunal in the UK. We will no longer accept appeals at any of our overseas visa application centres.

Full guidance about the changes will be published on the Ministry of Justice website from 19 December 2011.

Source: UKBA

Colleges ‘blocked’ over degree ambitions, warns Vince Cable

An article in the BBC reported that Business Secretary Vince Cable is hearing reports that some universities are blocking colleges’ attempts to offer cheaper degrees.

College leaders meeting in Birmingham say universities fear they could be priced out of the market.

The government has invited providers offering degrees for less than £7,500 a year to bid for extra places.

Most colleges offering degree courses do so in partnership with universities. This is because they do not have degree-awarding powers and enter into arrangements with local universities which can validate their courses.

About 171,000 students study higher education (HE) courses at further education (FE) colleges in England.

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Which is better, a UK degree or a US degree?

Should I study in the UK or the US is one of the first questions for a lot of international students considering their study abroad options. Of course there is no easy answer to this question.

Interestingly, when the British Council asked American employers a similar question, 73% believed UK university degrees are the same or better than those in the United States.

US employers said they valued UK university degrees thanks to the tutorial style of learning, the specialisation in specific subjects, and the focus on independent study. Continue reading

UKBA tighten English language test requirement on Tier 1 and 2 working visa applications in the UK

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has announced that from 6 April 2012 they will be removing the provision for applicants in the UK to apply for permission to stay here (leave to remain) before they have taken or received the results of an English language test.

The revised policy applies to applicants applying under Tier 1 (General), Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and Tier 2 of the points-based system. Continue reading

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