International Student Immigration Service (ISIS)

Changes to the immigration rules

26 March 2014

The Home Office recently published a statement of changes to the immigration rules.  The main changes for Tier 4 (General) student visas are as follows:

  • Credibility interviews - the exemption from the genuineness test for low-risk nationals will be removed.
  • Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates will be added to the list of low-risk nationals.
  • The level of maintenance funds required will increase from the 1st July 2014 to £1020 per month.
  • ATAS Certificates - students applying for leave to remain under the Doctorate Extension Scheme will not be required to provide an ATAS certificate if their course of study finishes within 28 days of their date of application.




Change of location for Home Office visas and immigration advice

26 February 2014

The UK Border Agency was officially disbanded in 2013 and split into two separate sections dealing with visa applications and immigration enforcement.

The section dealing with visa application processing is now known as UK Visas and Immigration.  Any correspondence you receive regarding your Tier 4 application will now state it is either from the Home Office or UK Visas and Immigration.

UK Visas and Immigration advice has now been moved to|

Processing times for Tier 4 visa applications in the UK

14 February 2014

UK Visas and Immigration have published new service standards for Tier 4 standard (postal) applications made in the UK.

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Changes to the application forms in the UK

14 February 2014

From the 1 July 2013, UK Visas and Immigration introduced two online methods of applying for the Tier 4 visa in the UK.

  • 'Print and Send' application form - 'Print and Send' means that you complete the application form online, then print it and send it with your supporting documents to the UK Border Agency.  Your date of application is the day that you post your form and documents to the UK Border Agency.
  • Online application form  - you can now complete the Tier 4 (General) application fully online.  If you choose this method, the date of application is the day that you pay for your application online.  You will not receive any acknowledgement letters from UK Visas and Immigration until you submit your supporting documents. We advise that you do not pay for your application until your supporting documents are prepared and that you submit the documents as soon as possible to the UK Visas and Immigration 

We have been advised that the Print and Send method of application will be removed as an option in the near future. We advise you to choose the Online application method.

We have produced guidance| to help you.

Telephone fraud targets international students in the UK

updated 1 November 2013

The UKBA are advising institutions that telephone fraud against international students is still taking place.  We strongly advise students to read the information below.

UKCISA, the UK Council for International Student Affairs have issued the following information:

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If you are contacted by a group saying they are UKBA or OISC, do NOT give them any information, do NOT agree to send them money and please contact security at LSE.  You can contact security by phone on extension 2000 (from a phone within the School) or call 020 7955 6200.  Alternatively you can contact Richard Mulcahy  at

If you are at all concerned about this, you can also contact the International Student Immigration Service (ISIS) at LSE for advice at or come to the Student Services Centre reception Monday to Friday, 10 -4pm

The UK Border Agency advise you to report this to Action Fraud online or by calling 0300 123 2040

Action Fraud|

You may also want to report this online:

Who Calls Me|

Croatian nationals after the 1 July 2013

After the 1 July 2013,  LSE will be required to report to the UK Border Agency that it is no longer sponsoring Croatian nationals on a Tier 4 visa for their studies.  You will be able to continue your studies and remain in the UK beyond the date your immigration permission expires.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has issued the following guidance for students:


We have updated our Working During your Studies page with information of working after Croatia joins the EU.

Working During your Studies|