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Tier 4 Compliance


In 2009, the UK Government introduced what is known as Tier 4 of the Points Based System (PBS). Tier4 was introduced  to ensure only genuine students are allowed to obtain a visa to study in the UK.

The Home Office have set out a range of requirements that affect all international students who need to obtain immigration permission to come to the UK and those institutions wishing to enrol them.

Tier 4 is the specific category which applies to those who want to enter the UK as students. It is divided into Tier 4 (Child) Students, for those aged 4-17 years, and Tier 4 (General) Students, for those aged 16 or over, who want to study in the UK. 16 and 17 year olds can be eligible under either category. (Source: UKCISA An overview of the student immigration rules)

When Leeds Beckett University applied to become a Tier 4 sponsor, it agreed to comply with specific duties as described by the Home Office in its Tier 4 policy guidance for sponsors. These compliance duties include keeping certain records and reporting changes in a student’s circumstances. Leeds Beckett University staff and students have attendance, reporting and record-keeping duties. By enrolling and engaging with Leeds Beckett University, and informing us of any change in your circumstances, you undertake to your responsibilities.

Your entry clearance visa has been granted subject to the conditions stated in Immigration rules (part 6a, para 245ZW). Entry clearance is given by the Home Office and you must not break the terms and conditions of your visa.

We are here to help you. The Tier 4 Compliance Team, and the International Student Advice Centre, will help support you in complying with the Tier 4 regulations for the duration of your studies.

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