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New Rules for UK Student Visa, effective 6th April 2012

The Home Secretary announced the Government’s plans to make changes to Tier 4 (Students) and Tier 1 (Post Study Work) of the points-based system. These changes have been introduced over a period of time in order to allow the sectors time to adjust. The first round of implementation, including interim measures, came into effect on 21 April 2011. Further changes took effect from 4 July 2011. The third set of changes will have effect from 6 April 2012.

The relevant Immigration Rules will be laid on 15 March.

TIER 4 (GENERAL) STUDENTS

For Tier 4 (General) we shall bring the requirement in line with the maximum living costs loan and grant support available for new English domiciled students starting full-time higher education courses from September 2012. We believe this is the best current benchmark for the cost of students living and studying in the UK.
From April 2012, Tier 4 (General) applicants will be required to show:

  • £1000 for each month of the course up to a maximum of nine months (in inner London); or
  • £800 for each month of the course up to a maximum of nine months (elsewhere).

Dependants of Tier 4 (General) students will be required to show:

• £600 per month, up to a maximum of nine months (in inner London); or
• £450 per month, up to a maximum of nine months (elsewhere).

TIER 4 (CHILD) STUDENTS

For Tier 4 (Child) students the increase will be in line with the effect of inflation.
From April 2012, Tier 4 (Child) applicants will be required to show:

  •  where the child will be studying at a non-residential independent school and is in a private foster care arrangement or staying with and cared for by a close relative - £550 per month, for up to a maximum of 9 months,
  •  Where the child will be studying at a non-residential independent school, is under the age of 12 and will be accompanied by a parent - £1500 per month, plus £600 per month for any additional child accompanying the applicant and the parent, up to a maximum of 9 months.
  •  Where the child is aged 16 or 17 years old and is living independently and studying in inner London- £900 per month of the course up to a maximum of 9 months, or 2 months if the applicant has an established presence
  •  Where the child is aged 16 or 17 years old, is living independently and studying in outer London or elsewhere in the UK - £700 per month of the course up to a maximum of 9 months, or 2 months if if the applicant has an established presence

Where the Tier 4 (child) student will be studying at a residential independent school the requirement remains that sufficient funds must be available to the applicant to pay boarding fees (being course fees plus board/lodging fees) for an academic year

As now, all Tier 4 applicants will in addition have to show they have funds amounting to the full course fees for the first academic year of the course, or for the entire course if it is less than a year long.