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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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Team Rebrand

13 May 2016

From Monday 16 May, the International Student Immigration Service will be known as the International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT).

Changes to the academic progression rules on 6th April 2016

13 May 2016

We are still in discussion with the Home Office about some of their recent changes to the immigration rules on the 6th April 2016, in particular paragraph 55.

The following students will need to contact ISVAT for advice before applying for a new Tier 4 visa:

  • Students who have received repeat teaching in a new programme from the one their CAS was issued for;
  • Students who have failed to complete their previous programme and wish to extend their current visa;
  • Students who intend to transfer to a new programme, which is longer than their current visa;
  • Students who started studying on a new programme using their current Tier 4 visa, but now need to extend their Tier 4.
  • Students who have added a study abroad year to their undergraduate programme.
  • Students who have completed repeat teaching and now need to extend their visa.

The rules from the 6 April 2016 may now mean that you are no longer able to apply for your Tier 4 visa in the UK. 

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