Immigration Updates

International Student Immigration Service (ISIS)

Right to Rent Checks

The Home Office have announced that from 1st February 2016, private landlords will be required to carry out Right to Rent Checks to ensure that there are no illegal renting practices in England eg. 'beds in sheds'. 

A trial of the Right to Rent Checks has been in place in the West Midlands since December 2014 and the Home Office now plan to roll it out throughout England from next year. 

However, the current Immigration Bill has not yet been approved so whilst the announcement has been made, it is still subject to change following consideration of the Immigration Bill. We will update our guidance when further details are available.

For further information about Right to Rent Checks, please see the Home Office news page.

Changes to the monthly living cost and removal of "established presence"

On the 12th November 2015, the monthly living cost for inner London will increase to £1,265 per month up to a maximum of nine months.  

The lower "established presence" level of living costs will also be abolished for all Tier 4 (General) applicants.  The provision will remain in place for Tier 4 (Doctorate Extension Scheme) applicants.

The level of funds for dependants will also increase to £845 per month up to a maximum of nine months.  Only dependants of Tier 4 (Doctorate Extension Scheme) applicants will benefit from the "established presence" level of living costs.

 Contact us for advice If you need to:

  • extend your Tier 4 visa; and
  • are unable to apply before the 12th November ; and
  • have concerns you will not be able to meet the higher level of living costs for your application.

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).

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.