Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Tier 4 is Changing Again!!!

The Government recently announced a “new crackdown on immigration abuses as part of its long-term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain.” 

The “new crackdown on immigration abuses” comes with tougher rules to be imposed on universities and colleges who sponsor students to study in the UK.” 

The “new tougher rules” which is an amendment to the criteria with which all institutions must comply to attain or preserve its Highly Trusted Sponsor (HTS) status and which comes into effect from November 2014 states:

From November, tougher rules will be imposed on universities and colleges who sponsor international students to study in the UK. Currently, educational institutions cannot enjoy highly trusted sponsor status if 20% or more of the individuals they have offered places to are refused visas. But that figure will be cut to 10% in November after a 3 month transitional period for colleges and universities to re-examine their admissions procedures before offering individuals places.” 

The announcement published on 29 July 2014 also went further:

The Prime Minister also announced plans to halve the period over which European migrants can claim benefits. From November 2014, European jobseekers will only be able to claim Jobseekers Allowance and other key welfare benefits for a maximum period of 3 months. This follows tough changes that were announced earlier this year to introduce a minimum 3 month delay to claiming benefits and to cut off benefits after 6 months unless the individual has very clear job prospects.”