Tier 4 Register of Sponsors is a list of educational institutions licensed to sponsor migrant students under Tier 4 and includes information about the category of students, they are licenced to sponsor and confirms their sponsorship rating. Educational institutions that wish to enrol students from non-EEA countries must obtain a Tier 4 Sponsor licence which enables them to issue Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).
With current development in UK immigration laws, many educational institutions are eager to learn more about different options available in order to bring in international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Our experienced solicitors can assist you in obtaining a Tier 4 Sponsor licence for your educational institution and register in the Tier 4 Register of Sponsors.
Tier 4 Register of Sponsors: What is it?
Tier 4 Register of Sponsors is a list of educational organisations licensed to sponsor migrant students under Tier 4. The list contains: sponsor’s name, location, sponsor type, additional locations, status and the sub tier they are licensed for. There are currently 1,306 sponsors registered in the Tier 4 Register of Sponsors.
The full document listing all institutions holding a Tier 4 Sponsor licence can be found here.
Tier 4 Sponsor Licence: What is it?
In order for UK educational institutions to be able to enrol students from outside the EEA, they will need to be holders of a valid Tier 4 Sponsor licence. Holding a Tier 4 Sponsor Licence will allow the institution to issue Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) and to ultimately sponsor Tier 4 visas. These visas are for students who have been accepted to study on long-term academic courses, such as at a university, embedded college or a school, but they can also be issued by English language schools for students who have been accepted to study English language on a course of over 11 months. You must note that sponsoring someone to be a student in the UK does not necessarily mean that they will most certainly be allowed to study in the UK. Their right to study in the UK will be dependent on numerous factors and on the outcome of their immigration Entry Clearance applications.
UK Tier 4 Sponsor Licence Application Requirements
Before applying for the Tier 4 Sponsor Licence, you will need to make sure the education provider or institution meets the sponsor requirements in the Sponsor guidance and is ready to comply with them. You will need to decide who will do the sponsor management roles within your institution and estimate the number of confirmations of acceptance for studies (CAS) you would like to apply for in the first year of licence.
You must apply for your Sponsor Licence online and pay the fee. After you have submitted the application online, you must then provide with the Home Office all the supporting documents within a restricted time limit via post. Different types of institutions will be required to provide different documentary evidence. As a general rule, you must provide sufficient evidence to demonstrate that you run a legitimate and genuine educational institution.
If your application is approved, you’ll be given probationary sponsor status and emailed a login for the sponsorship management system.
When you successfully apply for a Tier 4 licence, UKVI will give you a probationary sponsor licence. This is a transitional period lasting 12 months whilst you demonstrate you can fulfil all of your duties as a Tier 4 sponsor. You must apply for a basic compliance assessment after 12 months.
Using Legal Representation to Apply for a Tier 4 Sponsor Licence
Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on immigration law and your immigration status. It is possible to instruct an immigration and visa legal representative to submit a Tier 4 Sponsor licence application.
A Sponsor Licence application can be complicated at times as the Home Office have imposed highly specific requirements for applicants to meet. Our expert immigration solicitors will provide you with a tailored service and are on hand to expedite the Sponsor Licence process. We ensure that we assist you to achieve and maintain a Sponsor status and provide ongoing compliance checks to ensure you are aware of your duties as a registered Sponsor.
This can be a significant administrative task and you will need to submit the correct documentary evidence. The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your application meets the Immigration Rules.
Successful Tier 4 Sponsor Licence Applications
Our team of solicitors and barristers are specialist immigration lawyers who act in your best interest. We offer a client-tailored approach from the outset. From the very first meeting, we will be able to advise you in respect of your immigration status and the merit of your visa and immigration application before your matter even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation of your immigration and visa application and ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.
We are based in the legal epicentre of London, just across the road from the Royal Courts of Justice in order to ensure we get the best results for our clients. We are minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.
Preparation is the key to successful immigration applications. Our UK immigration and visa solicitors are here to guide you through the complex immigration rules and requirements. If you wish to meet one of our lawyers, please call our Immigration Team so we can assess your case and arrange your legal consultation.
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