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should an international student do if the college they have applied to has their Tier 4 Sponsors licence suspended or withdrawn by the UK Border Agency?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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Tier 1 PSW (Post Study Work) Closing on 05 April 2012

UKBA confirm that they are going to close Tier 1 Post Study Work (PSW) from 5th April 2012.

Students can currently work in the UK for 2 years after their studies have finished, under the Tier 1 (Post-study work) route. But from 6 April, a more selective system will come into effect so only the most talented international graduates can apply to stay in the UK for work purposes.

Only those who graduate from a university, and have an offer of a skilled job at a salary of at least £20,000 (or more in some cases) from a reputable employer accredited by the UK Border Agency, will be able to continue living and working in the UK in order to benefit the British economy.

if you want to apply for PSW make sure you must provide all required documents and maintenance fund as per as UKBA guide line.

Remember from 6th April 2012 no application will be accepted. so send your application before 6 April 2012.

For more details information download UKBA Announcement 

British Council adds to warnings of damage from student visa restrictions

A recent research published by the British Council has called cast doubt on government policies aimed at reducing the intake of international students. The Education Intelligence report ‘Impact of Visa Changes on Student Mobility and Outlook for the UK’ looks at the recent experiences of the USA and Australia in tightening student visa controls and the effect that it had on their higher education sectors and economies.

It warns that adoption of policies that have now been abandoned by other countries has “managed to single out the UK as the country with the toughest immigration regime when compared to its competitors” and risks losing “genuine and career-driven students” to Australia, Canada and the US.

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How to Apply in UK university

All applications to UK universities for full-time courses are made through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. While the Complete University Guide is mostly concerned with universities, many colleges of one sort or another also recruit through UCAS and so you will find over 300 institutions listed on the UCAS website. If you are interested in a part-time course you will need to contact universities individually to find out how to apply.

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Tier 4 student visa laws ‘harm universities’ says former Education Minister

UK universities are missing out on students from India because of the Government tightening immigration controls, a former education minister warns.

Labour’s Baroness Blackstone said the country risked being in a “very unfortunate position” when it came to attracting lucrative overseas students – worth billions of pounds to UK universities.

Her concerns were echoed by several peers at question time in the House of Lords, but Home Office minister Lord Henley said latest UCAS figures showed a 13% increase in university applications from students from outside the European Union. Continue reading

Guidance for international students sponsored by London Metropolitan University

31 August 2012

This page is for students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who are studying at London Metropolitan University or are planning to study there. We will update it with any new information.

We have withdrawn London Metropolitan University’s licence to sponsor students from outside the EEA under Tier 4 of the points-based system. This means it is no longer on the register of licensed sponsors, and it can no longer sponsor students from outside the EEA with a Tier 4 visa.

A taskforce is being created, which will include the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Universities UK, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the UK Border Agency and the National Union of Students (NUS). This is starting to work with London Metropolitan University to support you. It will try to help appropriately qualified genuine students to find another education provider to sponsor them, provided they meet the requirements to study in the UK under Tier 4 of the points-based system.

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