UK Home Office implementes changes to UK Tier 4 Student visa
United Kingdom, February 25: Finally, changes announced to the UK Tier 4 Student visa have been implemented with effect from 22nd February, 2010 onwards, the UK Home Office has stated.
So, from now on, all applicants for UK visa (Tier 4 student) will be required to use a CAS (confirmation of acceptance for studies) in their application form. This rule will be applicable both for students applying either from the UK or outside the UK. Any application not having a CAS will be rejected straightaway, the UK immigration officials have stated.
Every CAS statement needs to include the following ---
• Name of the Student;
• Date of birth of the student;
• Course title;
• Course start date and end date;
• CAS number;
• Details of financial sponsorship/deposits (taken);
• Documents need to be included as part of an application to prove qualifications;
• ATAS certificate (if appropriate).
All the information stated above will prove to be of great help in assisting the caseworkers and entry clearance officials while taking crucial decisions on Tier 4 migrant applications.
Any student visa letter issued before 22nd February, 2010 needs to be replaced with a CAS for gaining eligibility for the UK immigration application.
And any prospective student needs to possess a CAS if he or she is paying the application fee on or after 22nd February, 2010.
However, all out of Country student visa applicants who had already paid the fee for the visa before 22nd February, 2010 will be exempted from the requirement of a CAS.
Additionally, all education providers must report in the SMS (Sponsorship Management System) about those students who have used a CAS in their UK immigration application to the UKBA (UK Border Agency).
Aim of Changes in the Tier 4 student visa---The changes to the UK’s points-based system are aimed to help provide all genuine students to live and study in the UK and ban entry of illegitimate candidates whose only aim is to live and work in the UK by getting jobs in the UK.