26 August 2009

Provision made for Baccalaureate students with UK student visa

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The UK Border Agency has announced provisions for students waiting on International Baccalaureate qualifications to apply for UK university courses starting in September this year.

UK Student Visa

Provisions have been made for Baccalaureate students applying for a UK Student Visa.

The students awarded Baccalaureate qualifications on 5 July 2009 will not be issued with a paper transcript giving their results, and will not receive their award certificates in time to apply for United Kingdom university courses starting in September this year.

To enable these students to apply under Tier 4 of the points-based system, the UK Border Agency have made urgent provision for students relying on an International Baccalaureate qualification.

Where a sponsor has assessed a student on the basis of an International Baccalaureate award awarded on 5 July 2009, it must clearly explain in the student's confirmation of acceptance for studies (UK student visa) letter that it has confirmed the student's results using either the UCAS or International Baccalaureate Office online checking systems.

If the Tier 4 sponsor has already issued the student's confirmation of acceptance for studies/visa letter, it must provide the student with a separate letter explaining that it has confirmed the student's results using either the UCAS or International Baccalaureate Office online checking systems. The student must include this letter with their UK Student Visa (Tier 4) application.

When a student applies for their UK Student Visa, they will need to provide a printout of their results from the UCAS or International Baccalaureate Office online checking service.


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