23 March 2010

Highly Trusted Sponsor Scheme for Tier 4 to commence 6 April

The UK Border Agency has launched the 'Highly Trusted Sponsor Scheme' for education providers under Tier 4 of the points-based system as part of an improvement programme to the UK immigration security.

UK visa

The highly trusted sponsor scheme is now open for registrations for Tier 4 UK Student Visa sponsors.

Under the new UK Immigration scheme, Tier 4 sponsors (education providers) can now apply for a Highly Trusted Sponsor licence. The licence will enable the sponsors to be listed on the register of highly trusted sponsors, which is expected to go live on Tuesday 6 April 2010.

All Tier 4 UK Student Visa sponsors are rated according to their immigration track record and procedures for monitoring overseas students, and the register builds and expands on this rating process.

To qualify as a highly trusted sponsor, an education provider must have a proven track record in recruiting genuine international students who comply with UK immigration rules while they are in the UK. In return, the scheme will cut red tape for sponsors who qualify, and compared with other Tier 4 (General) sponsors, a highly trusted sponsor will be able to offer a wider range of courses to overseas students.

Minimum standards will be applied for all sponsors and, where appropriate, the UK Border Office will suspend or revoke the licences of sponsors who fail to meet these standards.

The UK Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people lodge UK Visa applications with the British Embassy.

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