Immigration Updates

International Student Immigration Service (ISIS)

New Tier 4 Policy Guidance

12 August 2015

A new version of the Tier 4 Policy Guidance was published on the 10 August 2015.  This includes details of:

  • the changes to the way that the five year cap is calculated;
  • changes to the academic progression requirement;
  • arrangements for students who are waiting for International Baccalaureate results.

Tier 4 Policy Guidance

Changes to the Police Registration Process

27 July 2015

From the 27 July 2015, OVRO have introduced a new proforma for registering with the Police in London.  Further details can be found on our registering with the Police web pages.

News Articles on Immigration Rule Changes

17 July 2015

You may have recently read that the work rights for Tier 4 students and their ability to switch into Tier 2 or extend their visa in the UK has been removed.

We can confirm that the change in working conditions and your ability to switch into Tier 2 in the UK will not affect students studying at degree level at the LSE.

The changes that have been implemented only affect students studying at below degree level in Further Education colleges. These colleges provide post-16 education mostly below degree level.

You may be affected if you are a prosepective student who has completed their A Levels or International Baccalaureate at a Further Education College.  Contact ISIS for advice if you think you may be affected by this change.

Changes to the Immigration Rules

27 July 2015

The government has announced major changes to the immigration rules from the 14 July 2015.  

The changes are listed below by date:

Changes from 14 July 2015

The start date of the temporary vignette will change to either:

  • 30 days from the course start date as shown on the CAS; or
  • 7 days from the intended date of travel on the application form (whichever is later)

This change has been introduced overnight so there is a possibility that errors may be made.  Please check the start date of your vignette carefully.

Changes from 3 August 2015

  • The method of calculating the five/eight year cap will be amended to include all time spent on a Student/Tier 4 visa including the extra time at the start and end of the visa.  If you need to apply for a new visa and you think this may affect you contact ISIS immediately for advice.You can find more information on the UKCISA web pages. The sector is lobbying on this change and we will update this page when we have further information.
  • Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme applications appear to be limited to those who have applied for their last visa in the UK.  This is being queried as it may be an error in the wording

Changes from 12 November 2015

The level of maintenance required each month will increase to:

  • £1,265 per month for Tier 4 students
  • £845 per month for Tier 4 dependant

The lower "established presence" level of funding will no longer exist and Tier 4 applicants will need to show £1,265 a month up to a maximum of nine months.

Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme applicants will still only be required to show £1,265 for two months (£2,530).

Changes to the payment system for the Immigration Health Surcharge

29 June 2015

The Home Office released new information this morning on the payment system for the Immigration Health Surcharge.  Currently payment of the surcharge is separate to the Tier 4 application form and we are aware that some people may have already paid the surcharge before being able to submit their application.

On the 5 July 2015, the IHS payment will be incorporated as part of the Tier 4 application form.  If you have already paid the IHS but are unable to submit your Tier 4 application form by 5:59pm on the 4 July 2015, you will need to:

  • complete a new Tier 4 application form;
  • re-pay the Immigration Health Surcharge as part of your application - failure to do so may result in your application being refused.

It is possible to obtain a refund if you are able to confirm that you have paid the Immigration Health Surcharge twice.  Details can be found in the UKVI Questions and Answers.

Comprehensive Sickness Insurance for family members of EEA students

22 June 2015

From the 22 June 2015, all family members of EEA students residing in the UK will be required to hold Comprehensive Sickness Insurance(CSI).  When applying for immigration permission as a family member of an EEA student, you will need to show that you have held CSI from the 22 June 2015 or the date of entry to the UK, whichever is later.

You can find more information for EU/EEA students on the UKCISA website.

Telephone Scam against international students

22 April 2015

We have been made aware that a new scam targeting international students is currently taking place.  Details of the scam can be found on the UKCISA website.

The Home Office would not contact you by telephone to request additional payment regarding your visa.  If you receive a telephone call do not give any of your personal details and do not pay them any money.  Contact ISIS immediately and we will be able to help you report it.