Throughout 2012 a number of changes will be made to Tier 1 and Tier 4 visas affecting prospective applicants and current visa holders. Relevant bodies will be inspecting and reviewing all Tier 4 visas, if such visas do not meet the satisfactory criteria of this inspection no sponsorship may be able to take place under the UK immigration system. This change will affect sponsored international students in particular.
Summary of Changes
As of April 2012 major changes will be made to both Tier 1 and Tier 4 visas. Work placements will be limited to one third of the course which is studied, subject to courses at degree level sponsored by a higher education establishment or study based abroad programmes. New time limits will also be put in place, a Tier 4 visa will last a maximum of five years, with the exception of longer courses of study and doctorates of higher education establishments. From 1st April 2012 all Tier 1 visas will be closed, the UK Boarder Agency will provide an alternative option through the Tier 2 system for graduates. This will mostly apply to graduates offered a skilled job from a sponsoring employer.
Such changes display an attempt to ‘crack down’ on student visas and graduates remaining in the UK. Not only do these changes have a detrimental effect for those who wish to obtain a Tier 1 or Tier 4 visa in the future, they also affect those who currently have a Tier 4 visa.
What you should do
With the above changes it is imperative that you seek specialist legal advice at the outset of making any type of application. At Immigration and Visa Solicitors we can assist your with your applications for any form of leave to remain (or for entry clearance) under the points based system at the outset and help you comply with the strict requirements of the UKBA requirements, thereby eliminating the stress caused in submitting such applications. Our team of experienced and professional solicitors will be able to guide you through the process step by step and eliminate the possibility of failure by complying with the strict letter of the law.
Our Immigration Experts are able to give specialist legal information and advice in this area of law. To contact one of our Solicitors or Barristers please click here to complete a legal case assessment or telephone 0845 8622 529.