Immigration Updates

No changes to the Tier 2 rules for those switching from Tier 4

24 March 2016

In January, the Migration Advisory Committee announced their recommendations for reforming the Tier 2 (General) route. Initial recommendations would have impacted on the opportunities for students under Tier 2.  The International Student Immigration Service and LSE Careers submitted a joint response to highlight the risks of introducing the recommendations, which include an Immigration Skills Charge.

Following the response from LSE and others, the Immigration Minister announced today there will be no changes for those switching from Tier 4 to Tier 2 in the April rule changes.  

New immigration application charges from 18 March 2016

From the 18th March there will be an increase in the application fees for most visa applications.  

Tier 4 and dependants - outside the UK £328

Tier 4 and dependants - Standard application in the UK  £448

Tier 4 and dependants - Premium application in the £948

Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) - £465

BRP replacement - £56

Transfer of Conditions - £223

Right to Rent Checks

on the 1st February 2016, the Home Office will require all landlords in England to complete "Right to Rent" checks for private accommodation.  This will affect all new tenancies from this date regardless of nationality and immigration status.

We have produced a guide for landlords letting to LSE students and are in the process of writing a guide for LSE students.

Don't forget that if you are a student and you let /sub-let a room in your accommodation, you are a landlord.  You will need to complete these checks to ensure that you are not breaking the law. You should not sub-let LSE accommodation as this is a breach of your contract.

Lost/stolen BRP - what do you need to do?

Due to an increase in the number of students losing their BRP or having it stolen, we have updated our web pages on the actions you need to take in these circumstances. This increase is sector-wide and as such there may be delays in receiving your new BRP from the Home Office.

If you have pre-arranged travel, you may wish to consider applying through the premium service to obtain your new BRP sooner.  Unfortunately, we are only able to assist in fast-tracking applications when there is emergency travel.

The best way to avoid this situation is to not carry your BRP on a daily basis and find an alternative form of proof of age.

New application form for Tier 4 applications in the UK  from 1st February 2016

From the 1st February 2016, there will be a new version of the Tier 4 application form for applications made in the UK.  The changes will begin to be introduced from the 28 January 2016.

If you have already started an application before the 28 January 2015, you must complete and submit this application by midnight on the 25 February 2016 at the latest. If you are unable to complete your form by this date or wish to start a new version of the form, you will need to wait until Monday 1st February 2016 to access the system.

Please contact us for advice if you are intending to submit a Tier 4 visa extension application in late January. 

We will update our application form guidance as soon as possible once we have further information about the new application form on 1st February.

Changes to the ability to apply in the UK from 12 November 2015

From the 12 November 2015, people studying at a non-HEI (Higher Education Institution) who hold a Tier 4 (General) visa, will not be able to apply to extend their Tier 4 within the UK.  They will be required to return home to apply to extend their visa.  This is likely to affect people joiing the LSE for their undergraduate studies or if you have taken a preparatory English programme at a language school.

This rule change will not affect those on a Tier 4 (Child) visa.

Telephone Scam against international students

18 January 2016

We have been made aware that a new scam targeting international students is currently taking place.  Details of the scam can be found on the UKCISA website.

The Home Office would not contact you by telephone to request additional payment regarding your visa.  If you receive a telephone call do not give any of your personal details and do not pay them any money.  Contact ISIS immediately and we will be able to help you report it.