SUMMARY OF THE NEW STUDENT POLICY
All sponsors must have been accredited by either Ofsted and itsdevolved equivalents, QAA, the Independent Schools Inspectorate, theBridge Schools Inspectorate or the Schools Inspection Service and allmust become Highly Trusted Sponsors。
Sponsors will be required to achieve Highly Trusted Status byApril 2012, and accredited by a relevant agency by the end of 2012.They will be required to apply for HTS status and accreditation by adate to be specified。
During the transition period there will be an interim limit on numbers sponsored by those who do not meet the above criteria。
Private providers will be able to provide courses, includingpathway courses, by working in partnership and where the licensedsponsor takes responsibility and sponsors the student directly。
English Language requirement
B2 in each of the four disciplines is the appropriate level for those coming to study at level 6 (undergraduate) and above。
B1 is the appropriate level for lower courses, including the Pathways。
In order to get a visa, those outside of universities will have topresent a test certificate from an independent test provider provingthey have attained that level; universities will be able to vouch for astudent’s ability where they are coming to study at degree level orabove。
We will waive this requirement for truly exceptional students onlyfollowing individual requests by university academic registrars。
UK Border Agency Officers will be able to refuse a migrant who cannot speak without an interpreter。
Evidence of student funding
All applicants to sign a declaration that the funds they presentto meet the maintenance requirement are genuinely available for use incoming to the UK to study. This will make refusals easier on grounds ofdeception。
We shall refuse applications where the bank statements are from abank which we cannot trust to verify the statements. Local lists ofproscribed banks will be established。
We shall introduce a streamlined process for low risk applicantsgoing to Highly Trusted Sponsors, in general waiving the requirementsto provide documents beyond the CAS and passport/ identity document.This is based on robust supporting evidence of compliance and abuse.This will bring about a system which is more targeted and responsivefor both staff and applicants。
Work during term and work placements
Students at Recognised Bodies (universities) will retain theirright to work 20 hours a week part-time and to do work placements wherethe study : work ratio is 50:50.
Students at publicly funded FE colleges will continue to be able to work 10 hours a week part-time。
Other students will have no right to work part-time and work placements will have to be 66:33 in favour of study : work。
For a student to sponsor a dependant, the student will have to beon a post graduate course (NQF 7 and above) at a university which is ofmore than 12 months’ duration, or a Government Sponsored student。
The dependants will be able to work。
AT THE END OF THE COURSE
Time allowed as a student
Maximum of 3 years at NQF 3-5 and 5 years at NQF 6-7.
For those at the higher level doing a PhD, there will beexceptions, as well as for those courses which require as a matter ofprofessional qualification a longer duration than 5 years (e.g.medicine, architecture)。
The sponsor will have to vouch for academic progression where students are not moving up to the next NQF level。
The current Post-Study Work route will be closed from April 2012.
Those graduating from a UK university with a recognised degree, PGCE, or PGDE will be able to switch into Tier 2.
There will not be a limit on these switchers。
They will only be able to switch if they are in the UK, before their student visa expires。
The normal Tier 2 requirements will apply, except for the Resident Labour Market Test。
We will ensure that genuine student entrepreneurs with a greatidea are able to stay on in the UK to develop their businessproposition。