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What happens when institution's Tier 4 license is suspended?

Posted by admin September 9th, 2014 | 3484 Views

What happens when institution's Tier 4 license is suspended?

Suspension removes the institution from the public register of sponsors while further investigations are carried out. They will be notified that their licence will be revoked. If they fail to address concerns raised by the Home Office, and cannot recruit students during this period.

International Students who are already studying with the suspended Tier 4 sponsor:

These students are not immediately affected. Their visa/leave to remain is still valid. They can continue to study and travel to and from the UK as normal, subject to meeting the other immigration requirements.

International Students who have an outstanding overseas visa application, or application to extend their leave to remain in the UK:

These students are not immediately affected. Outstanding visa applications relying on a CAS issued before the action was taken will be processed as usual. Existing visas/leave to remain are still valid.

International Students studying or applying to study at institutions whose licence is suspended:

Students who are already studying with their sponsor: These students can continue studying while their sponsor’s licence is suspended.

International Students who have a visa to come to the UK but have not yet travelled:

These students are strongly advised not to attempt to travel to the UK until the suspension has been resolved. Students should check the register of sponsors for any change in their sponsor’s circumstances.

International Students have an outstanding visa application to come to the UK, or who have been issued with a CAS and intend to apply for a visa:

Visa applications relying on a CAS that was issued before the sponsor’s licence was suspended will be placed on hold. New applications will be accepted but placed on hold.

International Students with an outstanding application to extend leave to remain the UK, and those who need to make such an application:

Students can still extend their permission to stay if it is due to expire when the Tier 4 sponsor’s licence is suspended, as long as they were issued with a CAS before the licence was suspended. These applications will be placed on hold until the suspension is resolved.

International Students who are on holiday overseas when their sponsoring institution’s licence is suspended:

Students with a current valid visa will be able to return to the UK and continue studying (subject to satisfactorily meeting all other immigration requirements).

International Students who choose to leave the UK whilst their sponsoring institution’s licence is suspended:

Students with a current valid visa will be able to return to the UK and continue studying (subject to satisfactorily meeting all other immigration requirements). However, if the sponsoring institution’s licence is revoked whilst the student is overseas the student will not be allowed to re-enter the UK as their visa will be cancelled.

International Students whose sponsor has had its licence suspended and have not yet applied:

Students in the UK or overseas who are planning to apply to one of the institutions named above but have not yet done so, should check the register of sponsors regularly for any change in the institution’s sponsor status or consider an alternative establishment. Prospective students can find an alternative sponsor by applying to another institution.

What support is available for International students at an institution that has surrendered its licence or had its licence revoked?

Sponsorship working group

The Home Office has set up a sponsorship working group with representatives from the education sect or, to discuss how to support genuine students. The Home Office will inform the group of any new developments, while working group members will report any issues affecting students. The working group will develop a process to assist genuine students, and ensure this is communicated to

Students affected.

The working group are currently developing a process to help students at institutions that have had their sponsor licence revoked or surrendered,to find an alternative sponsor.

Members of the sponsorship working group include:

1.Association of Colleges (AoC)

2.Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS)

3.British Council (BC)

4.English UK

5.Guild HE

6.Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

7.Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW)

8.Million+

9.National Union of Students (NUS)

10.Russell Group

11.Scottish Funding Council

12.Study UK

13.UCAS

14.UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)

15.Universities UK (UUK)

16.University Alliance

17.Welsh Assembly Government

If the Home Office action results in the revocation of an institutions’ licence, what will happen to its International students?

If the outcome of the Home Office investigation into the institution’s actions is that a licence is revoked, the Home Office will publish further information and write to the students affected.

What happens when institution's Tier 4 license is revoked?

Who can students contact for advice?

Students who are concerned about how this affects them can contact the Home Office on 0114 207 1688 between 9:00am and 5:00pm, Monday to Friday and 9:00am to 1:00 pm on Saturday.

Source: www.GOV.UK

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