Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules
9 November 2016
The Home Office released a statement of changes to the immigration rules on the 3 November 2016. The main changes affecting students will affect applications made on or after the 24 November 2016 and include:
Applications from overstayers will only be accepted within 14 days of leave expiring - in the majority of cases LSE does not support applications from overstayers in the UK;
Evidential flexibility - where documents in a series are missing e.g. bank statements, the start and end of that series must be included. If further documentation is requested, it will only be requested once and must be received within 10 working days of the request.
English language requirements - when relying on the exemption from a SELT because a student has obtained a qualification to a Bachelors, Masters or PhD in the UK from a majority English speaking country, the applicant will need to include an original document from UK NARIC which confirms the equivalency. If the qualification was gained in the UK, it must be a Bachelors, Masters or PhD and not an equivalent of these.
If a student is applying for a new visa in the UK because they have completed re-sits or repeat teaching, they no longer need to meet the academic progression requirements. After the 24th November this means that you will not be required to return home to extend your visa, but will be able to apply in the UK after you have completed your repeat teaching. However, this only applies if you are receiving repeat teaching in the same programme. You cannot apply for repeat teaching in a new programme. See our information on changes in circumstances.
Changes to policy on holding two visas in your passport.
26 July 2016
Following consultation on changes to the entry clearance guidance onextant (unexpired) leave, the UKVI have confirmed that if you hold a long-term visitor visa and apply for a new entry clearance your long-term visitor visa will be cancelled without a refund even if it is still valid.
If you are on a programme that requires Tier 4, you will need to take this into consideration. For example, some students who may have obtained a long-term visitor visa whilst waiting for re-sits or on interruption are likely to lose this visa when they return to their studies.
This will also affect students who need to apply for a Short-term Student visa to attend short-term exchanges, Executive Masters or part-time students or PhD students returning for their viva.
We are currenty raising this as an issue for those required to apply for Short-term Student to be able to join thier programme.
If you are affected by this, please contact us for further details.
Updates to the Tier 4 Policy and Tier 4 Sponsor Guidance - Academic Progression
19 July 2016
On the 18 July 2016, new versions of the Tier 4 Policy Guidance and the Tier 4 Sponsor Guidance were released.
Further clarificatiopn for students progressing from a 12 month Masters degree to a new programme was provided in the sponsor guidance. You will receieve an email from the relevant admissions team confirming your options.
We recommend that students progressing from an LSE 12 month Masters degree programme to a new LSE programme or a new programme at another insitution contact us for advice.
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No changes to the Tier 2 rules for those switching from Tier 4
24 March 2016
In January, the Migration Advisory Committee announced their recommendations for reforming the Tier 2 (General) route. Initial recommendations would have impacted on the opportunities for students under Tier 2. The International Student Immigration Service and LSE Careers submitted a joint response to highlight the risks of introducing the recommendations, which include an Immigration Skills Charge.
Following the response from LSE and others, the Immigration Minister announced today there will be no changes for those switching from Tier 4 to Tier 2 in the April rule changes.
New immigration application charges from 18 March 2016
From the 18th March there will be an increase in the application fees for most visa applications.
Tier 4 and dependants - outside the UK £328
Tier 4 and dependants - Standard application in the UK £448
Tier 4 and dependants - Premium application in the £948
Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) - £465
BRP replacement - £56
Transfer of Conditions - £223