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Postby alimansoor » Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:29 am

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) plans to publish new Tier 4 student policy guidance and application forms on 5 October. There are no major changes but the aim is to make the guidance and the forms easier to use. If you are applying on or after 5 October, make sure you use the latest versions on the UK Border Agency website.

The UK Border Agency has announced that the requirement to show you have had a specified sum of money in your account for a period of 28 days, which was due to come into effect on 1 October, will not apply to you if you are making your immigration application in the UK. Instead, you will be able to continue showing that you have the correct sum in your account just on the date of your bank statement (which must be one month old or less on the date of your application). However, if you are applying for entry clearance from outside the UK on or after 1 October, you will have to show that you have had the required sum for a period of 28 days.

If you are granted immigration permission under Tier 4 on or after 1 October, you will not be able to change your education provider until you have made a successful immigration application to change institution

So, its clear now that 28 days rule has begin, and we have to make sure that we r using new versions of application forms if we are applying on 5th Oct or after that. No major changes are implemented like IELTS requirement and any other.

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Postby alimansoor » Wed Sep 30, 2009 5:29 pm

The new policy centres on two main areas:

1. Extending the maintenance concession for Tier 4 applicants who are already in the United Kingdom - this will help to ease the transition process for would-be students.
2. Tying Tier 4 students' permission to stay to their sponsors, if they make their application on or after 5 October - this will strengthen Tier 4 and strengthen the United Kingdom border.

Extending the maintenance concession for Tier 4 applicants who are already in the United Kingdom

Tier 4 applicants need to have enough money to cover their course fees and maintenance. They must normally show that they have held this money for a 28-day period ending no more than one month before their application, but until now we have operated a concession allowing them to show only that have the required funds in place on the date when they apply. This concession ends on 1 October 2009.

However, we recognise that many students already in the United Kingdom will not have needed to show this money before, so we have decided to allow a longer transitional period for all Tier 4 applications made within the United Kingdom.

Would-be students who make a Tier 4 application from inside the United Kingdom before February 2010 will only need to show that they have the money needed on the day when they apply. They must still provide the correct documents to support their application.

From 1 October 2009, would-be students applying from outside the United Kingdom must show that they have held the required money for a 28-day period ending no more than one month before the date of their application.
Tying Tier 4 students' permission to stay to their sponsors, if they make their application on or after 5 October

On 5 October 2009, new Tier 4 students' permission to stay in the United Kingdom will be 'tied' to the education provider that is sponsoring them. This will bring Tier 4 in line with other tiers of the points-based system.

From 5 October, every new Tier 4 student will find their sponsor's reference number on the vignette in their passport or on their identity card for foreign nationals.

In future, if a student wants to study with a new Tier 4 sponsor and they made their last application for a Tier 4 visa on or after 5 October 2009, they will need to apply for a new Tier 4 visa. They will not be allowed to begin studying with the new education provider until they have received a decision on the outcome of their application - if they do so, they will be committing a criminal offence for which they could be prosecuted or removed from the country.

We have been asked whether students in this situation will be able to begin studying with the new education provider, at their own risk, before they have received a decision on their application. The UK Border Agency cannot condone a criminal offence, and therefore cannot advise students that this is an option for them. We will make every effort to ensure that applications from students wishing to change education provider are considered within the published service standard, so that they can move to the new education provider as quickly as possible.

If a student wants to study with a new Tier 4 sponsor, and they made their last application for a Tier 4 visa before 5 October 2009, they will continue to be allowed to change their without making a new Tier 4 application. They must, however, seek permission from us to change their sponsor.

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Stricter rules for UK students visas comes into force

Postby tvn_ramesh » Thu Oct 01, 2009 3:50 pm

NEW DELHI: Students applying for Tier 4 Visa to study in Britain will now have to show that they have the required funds in their personal or
their parents'/legal guardians' bank account for a minimum period of 28 days in advance, according to new rules effective from October 1.

"With effect from 1 October 2009, all applicants who are making a Tier 4 student visa application must hold the required funds in their personal or their parents'/legal guardians' bank account for a minimum period of 28 days prior to making their visa application," according to the UK Border Agency.

The end of that 28 day period must not be more than one month before the date of the visa application. Applicants must show bank statements or other evidence specified in the official Tier 4 guidance, the agency said.

The transitional arrangements that were in place allowing funds to be held on the date of application only will no longer apply to applications made overseas on or after October 1.

The transitional arrangements for funds have been in place since the points based system for student visas (Tier 4) was introduced on 31 March 2009. The intention to reinstate the rule requiring funding to be held for 28 days in advance has been advertised on the UK Visa Services' website since the concession was introduced.

This change brings the maintenance requirements for Tier 4 into line with other tiers of the points based system.
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