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New Pilot Scheme for Tier 4 Student Visa Applicants

Posted by Nicola Suckling on August 11, 2016

New Pilot Scheme for Tier 4 Student Visa Applicants

A pilot scheme was launched on 25th July 2016 with the aim of making Tier 4 student visa requirements less stringent at a limited number of universities.

Amber Rudd, who replaced Theresa May as Home Secretary, put the scheme in place for the following institutions: the University of Bath, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, and Imperial College London. According to a Q&A issued to university Vice-Chancellors about the pilot, these were chosen due to their “consistently low level of visa refusals”.

To be eligible students’ chosen course of study must be:

  • at Masters level
  • for a duration of 13 months or less
  • at one of the participating universities

Applicants will still need to satisfy the Immigration Rules and the Home Office may ask for further supporting documents at any time. The pilot will, according to Vice-Chancellors, be “kept under close review”.

Dependents applying at the same time are not required to supply evidence that they meet the maintenance requirements, provided that the course of study is at least 12 months in duration.

The pilot, due to run for two years, will require students to provide a reduced number of supporting documents, such as proof of previous qualifications, and offers 6 months at the end of the course of study to give students time to find a job in the UK.

For further information please refer to Annex 6 Tier 4 Pilot of the Home Office Policy Guidance Document, found here: