In this section you will find up-to-date information on changes to immigration and how these changes may affect you.
This section provides you with information on changes to immigration rules and procedures and how these changes may affect you.
7 March 2019
The Immigration Rules state that, while Tier 4 students studying at RQF level 6 (undergraduate level) and above on a full-time basis are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week during term time and full time during official vacation periods, or you may be completing a work placement as part of your degree. The immigration rules state that there are some kinds of work you must not do:
- self-employment and business activity
- work as a professional sportsperson including as a sports coach
- a permanent full-time job
- doctor or dentist in training, unless you are on the foundation programme.
Recently, the Home Office has amended the definition of what constitutes professional sportsperson, the full guidance of which you can find in paragraph 217, page 54 of the Tier 4 policy guidance. This applies to you if you are in possession of a Tier 4 visa, regardless of when you applied for it. Please read through this information carefully.
Upon reading the rules, you will note that the restriction prevents you from providing services as a sportsperson or coach at any level of sport, paid or unpaid, unless you do it as an “amateur” in a charity game. "Amateur" is a defined term and means a person who engages in sport solely for personal enjoyment and who is not seeking to derive a living from it, which includes payments made in kind, such as travel costs, accommodation or meals.
For more information, please feel free to look through the information provided by UKCISA.
3 April 2017
Information for EU students following the referendum and triggering of Article 50
Following the UK's referendum vote to leave the European Union, the triggering of article 50 means that official negotiations regarding the exit have now begun. At this time, EEA nationals' immigration status remains unchanged until further negotiations/decisions clarify their position. Please feel free to read further on this topic on the UK Council for International Student Affairs section titled: What we know for EU students.
26 October 2016
Information on telephone scams
We have been made aware of a scam in which students are called from a number identified as 'Home Office - Customer Services' asking for money to be paid for paperwork not correctly submitted upon entering the UK. It is our understanding that the callers can be very persistent and may even imply that, if you were to end the call, you may be penalised further.
20 May 2016
Beware of Telephone Scams
We have been made aware of telephone scams that target international students. Please see briefing below:
The caller instructs the student to verify their telephone number 020 7035 4848 on the www.gov.uk website, search for Home Office, and then scroll down to the bottom of the screen so that they can verify that the caller is calling from the genuine Home Office number. The caller ID on the student’s mobile does show this number.
The caller is in possession of the students full name, postcode in the UK and passport number, and asks the student to confirm those details are correct.
They then proceed to tell the student they have not paid for an immigration service and, as a result, have to pay a fine (usually £1200 - £1520) or they will be reported to the Police/or the Home Office who will detain or deport them.
Please note, UKVI will not contact students in this manner.
Right to Rent Checks
Private landlords are now required to check on whether any prospective tenants have a right to be in the UK before renting. Non EU-nationals will need to show a valid visa before a rental contract can be issued.
The Home Office has published a guidance for landlords explaining what they need to do.
Immigration Health Surcharge
The immigration health surcharge applies to applicants who come to the UK for more than six months. For Tier 4 applicants specifically, the amount is £300 per 12 months' leave. Previously, Australians and New Zealanders were exempt from this charge, but as of 6 April 2016, they will also need to pay this charge as part of their Tier 4 visa application.
It was announced recently that the fee will increase to £470 per 12 months leave from October 2020.
The Home Office has further information on the Immigration Health Surcharge.
You can find previous immigration news on the UKCISA Newswall.
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