Monthly Archives: June 2010

Post Study Work not included in Temporary Immigration Cap

Post study work applications will be exempt from the temporary immigration cap in place until April 2011, after which the government will introduce a permanent cap which could encompass all tiers of the points based system.

The temporary limit will be in force from 19 July 2010 until April 2011, when the permanent limit will be set. During the temporary limit, post-study work, investor and entrepreneur Tier 1 categories of the points based system will be exempt from the cap, as will extension applications. So, migrants wanting to switch from a different category of the points based system will be able to do so normally until April 2011 when the permanent cap is introduced.

The assessment criteria of applications will however, remain unchanged. More details are to be made available as 19 July approaches.
The temporary immigration cap will be a monthly limit on Tier applications. The required points will also be increased from 19 July, to 100 points, an increase of 5. The following classes of Tier 1 migrants do not need 100 points, 95 will be sufficient:

• Tier 1 (General)
• Highly Skilled Migrant Programme
• Writer, composer or artist
• Self-employed lawyer

If you are in the UK in any other immigration category and you apply to switch into Tier 1 (General), or if you are applying from outside the UK, you will need to score 100 points. Take note; that means students wanting to switch from Tier 4 to Tier 1 Post Study Work will need to score 100 points!

All visa applications will be processed strictly by date order and visas will be granted on a first-come, first-served system.

And when the monthly cap is reached?

If the cap is reached in any one month, all applications will be held until the following month and again processed in strictly date order.

Your visa applications will continue to be accepted but not processed! They will be held in a queue in strict date order and processed the following month. However, if judging by the number of applications the total limit for the period to April 2011 will be achieved, you will be told when you make your application that it will not be considered under these temporary rules.

Who is a Registered Educational Consultant? No One or Someone or ALL?

1.Ask your educational consultant if they are British Council Trained? Still if they respond positively, you better verify their status from British Council in your country. Students in Pakistan, can, for this intent, send an email to Rehmanullah.Khan@britishcouncil.org.pk; Zehra.Shah@britishcouncil.org.pk; Furqan.Shamsi@britishcouncil.org.pk. It is my personal observation that the Council staff is pretty cooperative, informative and responsible.

2.For misleading the innocent students , the consultant sometime shows his/her visiting card carrying the logo (s) of British Council or PIER. Some education consultants (in Pakistan) falsely prove their authenticity through their visiting cards that they are British Council Trained Consultants or that they are registered with Professional International Education Resources (PIER) Australia. Their visiting cards carry the British Council and PIER logo whereas both the esteemed organizations strictly disallow such mal-practices (printing of their logos on personal visiting cards).

3.Please check the registration/rating of your prospective college on the UKBA Register of Sponsors.

Thanks for giving an attentive read to this script. Wish you all the best in your efforts. May you have a god speed!

Adieu

The writer is a Mardan (Pakistan)based immigration consultant

This post was submitted by IMS Consultants, Pakistan.

UK IELTS Test Dates: July, August and September 2010

Aberdeen
Basil Paterson College (Aberdeen)
Next Test Date: 28-Aug-2010

Aberystwyth
Aberystwyth University
Next Test Date: 15-Jul-2010

Bangor
ELCOS Bangor University, Wales
Next Test Date: 17-Jul-2010

Bath
University of Bath

Belfast
Queen’s University Belfast
Next Test Date: 17-Jul-2010

Birmingham
Aston University
Next Test Date: 21-Aug-2010

Bournemouth
Richard Language College (Bournemouth)
Next Test Date: 14-Aug-2010

Brighton
Eurocentres Brighton (test venue)
Next Test Date: 10-Jul-2010

Brighton
Sussex Downs College (test venue in Brighton)
Next Test Date: 14-Aug-2010

Bristol
University of Bristol
Next Test Date: 10-Jul-2010

Cambridge
Anglia Ruskin University
Next Test Date: 05-Aug-2010

Canterbury
Chaucer College Canterbury
Next Test Date: 04-Sep-2010

Cardiff
Cardiff University
Next Test Date: 04-Sep-2010

Colchester
Colchester English Study Centre
Next Test Date: 14-Aug-2010

Coventry
City College Coventry
Next Test Date: 16-Sep-2010

Eastbourne
Sussex Downs College (Eastbourne)
Next Test Date: 10-Jul-2010

Edinburgh
Basil Paterson College (Edinburgh)
Next Test Date: 14-Aug-2010

Exeter
Exeter College ( Sub Centre of Mayflower College)
Next Test Date: 28-Aug-2010

Glasgow
University of Glasgow
Next Test Date: 14-Aug-2010

Guildford, Surrey
University of Surrey
Next Test Date: 14-Aug-2010

Harrogate
Harrogate Language Academy
Next Test Date: 31-Jul-2010

Leeds
Harrogate Language Academy (Leeds)
Next Test Date: 05-Aug-2010

Liverpool
University of Liverpool
Next Test Date: 14-Aug-2010

London
British Institute of Technology and E-commerce, London
Next Test Date: 31-Jul-2010

London
Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College
Next Test Date: 31-Jul-2010

London
Eurocentres Lee Green
Next Test Date: 31-Jul-2010

London
Eurocentres London Central (test venue)
Next Test Date: 21-Aug-2010

London
International House London
Next Test Date: 05-Aug-2010

London
Middlesex University
Next Test Date: 31-Jul-2010

London
Southwark College – London
Next Test Date: 31-Jul-2010

London
University of Westminster
Next Test Date: 14-Aug-2010

London
Wimbledon School of English
Next Test Date: 31-Jul-2010

Manchester
University of Manchester – Language Centre
Next Test Date: 21-Aug-2010

Norwich
Anglia Ruskin University (Norwich)
Next Test Date: 31-Jul-2010

Nottingham
University of Nottingham
Next Test Date: 21-Aug-2010

Oxford
King’s School Oxford
Next Test Date: 31-Jul-2010

Peterborough
Anglia Ruskin University (Peterborough)
Next Test Date: 21-Aug-2010

Plymouth
Mayflower College of English (Plymouth)
Next Test Date: 17-Jul-2010

Portsmouth
Language Specialists International (Portsmouth)
Next Test Date: 31-Jul-2010

Rugby
Warwickshire College
Next Test Date: 31-Jul-2010

Sheffield
Sheffield Hallam University
Next Test Date: 21-Aug-2010

Southampton
University of Southampton
Next Test Date: 31-Jul-2010

Sunderland
City of Sunderland College
Next Test Date: 14-Aug-2010

Torquay
Central Church (Sub Centre of Mayflower College)
Next Test Date: 17-Jul-2010

York
Melton College York
Next Test Date: 14-Aug-2010

Immigration cap Causes Cabinet Revolt

Rumours are rife that the Home Secretary’s recent announcement of a temporary cap on UK immigration has caused a revolt by cabinet members, leading to a watering down of the Conservatives flagship election promise.

Vince Cable has so far failed to fully back the cap, saying that it must be implemented in a flexible way to protect businesses. He goes on to describe the details are far from finalised, saying many ministers had warmed to the idea of a cap, but could not agree on how it should be implemented. Tension has been caused over concerns of industries such as education and universities in particular, amidst deep cuts to government funding of universities.

The Liberal Democrats strongly opposed the Conservatives immigration policy throughout the election campaign yet did not seek to change key terms during negotiations for power.

Businesses have been vocal in expressing their concerns that any cap could be bad for the economy and does not fit with David Cameron’s election promise of “Britain Open for Business.” The cap could stop business taking on extra workers during seasonal rises in demand and certain industries do need to recruit skilled workers with particular skills, such as cooks and care workers.

It is also feared that any permanent cap which may be extended to Tier 4 and UK student visas, would impact very negatively on UK universities, some of whom rely on international students for 70% of their income.

“The new regime has to accommodate those concerns,” Mr Cable said. “It has to be implemented in a flexible way.”

The coalition government has a long way to go to convince the public that a cap will not stifle growth and damage the economy further; many are nervous of the cuts already staring them in the face.

Only a cap can deal with the Situation left by the Labour Government

New Home Office Minister, Theresa May announced details of the cap on immigration from outside the EU. She plans to cut the number of skilled migrants coming to the UK to 24,100 – 5% less than in 2009. This target is hoped to be achieved by April 2011. Ms May has reserved the right to review and consult further to seek a figure for the permanent cap, to be introduced at a later date.

This cap on migrants coming to the UK will apply to highly skilled and skilled workers from outside the EU only.

Despite the now Shadow Home Secretary Alan Johnson calling it a “pointless gimmick,” the coalition government argues that the cap is necessary to return levels of immigration to those of the 1990s. Surprisingly to many commentators, the Liberal Democrats let the Conservatives keep this key election pledge without challenge, who previously argued a cap would be “unworkable.”

The temporary cap has been introduced ahead of the permanent cap to stop a huge surge in applications, which was seen for Tier 4 ahead of new rules being implemented.

“Immigration into the UK has been good for us but uncontrolled immigration is not, so we need to bring in these controls,” she said.

Immigration had been a “key issue” during the election campaign and it was important to “deliver on promises made,” she added.

But it has been attacked by business groups, with the Federation of Small Businesses calling it the “economics of the Sixth Form”.

Current official immigration figures show that around 500,000 people entered the UK in 2008, of which 50% were returning nationals or EU citizens.

The Shadow Home Secretary continued in his criticism, labelling the cap a con trick, given the current restrictions already in place for employers who want to recruit migrant workers under the points based system.

“You wonder what is the point of this, given that in this country at the moment, under our policy, if a company wants to bring a skilled worker in, they can do it if they have advertised that job for four weeks in Job Centre Plus and they are absolutely sure they can’t get a British worker to do it

“So it’s absolutely pointless. At best it’s a gesture. At worst it’s a deceit.”

Register of Tier 4 Sponsors – 29 Jun 2010

Differences against the Tier 4 Register 28 Jun 2010

From now on, Highly Trusted Sponsors will be dealt with on the Highly Trusted Sponsors List, whilst Tier 4 Sponsors Register posts will cover A-rated, B-rated and Trusted Sponsors.

The following schools and colleges were removed from the Register:

  • None

The following schools and colleges were added to the Register:

  • The London Preparatory Schools Ltd
  • the Practice Development Unit

Download the Register of Sponsors Tier4: 29 Jun 2010

English UK Challenges the UK Government to a Legal Fight

English UK, the body that represents English languages schools in the UK, has mounted a legal challenge, urging the UK Government to scrap new Tier 4 rules introduced by the previous Labour Government.

With fears that the UK economy could lose up to £1.4 billion and the dole queue could grow that little bit longer, English UK have sought a Judicial Review, focused on then-home secretary Alan Johnson’s decision to prevent beginner’s language learners from studying in the UK.

The new tier 4 rules were announced earlier this year and were a direct response to growing public and media angst surrounding illegal immigration. This new Tier 4 rule was announced only days after a terrorist tried to blow up a flight to America on Christmas Day, despite the suspect being a student at a highly reputable UK university. And he was radicalised in the UK, so the new Tier 4 English is both perverse and unjust.

This new Tier 4 rule was introduced at a time of a clampdown on the education system, with deep cuts to University support and the suspension of all visa applications from entire countries and reasons, seriously damaging enrolment figures.

English UK described the unique situation now in place here – where you can’t study the English language in England if you are a beginner – as “an absurdity”. They add that their request for a Judicial Review is also because they claim the former Home Secretary acted unlawfully, as he did not put these new Tier 4 rules before Parliament, as required by the UK’s constitution.

English UK’s concern is valid; as many as 100,000 students will be deterred from coming to the UK to study, resulting in losses to the economy of £1.4 billion. Such an impact, English UK argues, would not justify the new rule introduced.

“It’s clearly absurd requiring students to know English before they come here to study it,” said Tony Milns, chief executive of English UK, “We are already seeing evidence from agents, who book students onto courses, that they are saying the UK doesn’t want students anymore.”

Milns said his association would suspend its legal action if the government backed down and reconsidered.

A Home Office spokesman said: “These changes were made in the best interests of the UK and we will robustly defend them in court if necessary. The new rules will ensure those who come to the UK to study English are genuine students and are not exploiting the system to work illegally.”

“Raising the level of English means students must demonstrate a commitment to learning English before they come. We welcome international students but there should be no doubt that we will come down hard on those who flout the rules.”Mark Lindsay, managing director of St Giles International, an English language college with sites around the UK, said: “With a forthcoming general election in mind, the government wants to be seen as ‘tough on immigration’. This is a sledgehammer to crack a nut and will exacerbate already severe problems of unemployment in the UK.”

He added: “The UK Border Agency has been encouraged by the government to clamp down on ‘bogus colleges’. But a number of wrongly accused colleges had recently had their accreditation restored.”

MPs press UK Government to drop new Tier 4 rules

Members of Parliament (MPs from parties covering the spectrum of UK politics, have called on the new UK Coalition Government to drop new Tier 4 rules deemed “flawed and rushed”, first introduced by the ousted Labour Government; the requirement of overseas students needing to take an English test if they wished to study in the UK.

A total of 14 MPs – from Labour and the Green Party, to the Conservatives and Lib Dems – signed the motion stating the new Tier 4 rules would deter 100,000 student migrants from coming to the UK.

Adding weight to this swell in opinion is a judicial review requested by English UK in order to force the new Government to drop the Tier 4 rules, which English UK called “barmy.” English UK are taking action to protect the members they represent; the UK economy could lose up to £1.4 billion and see another 3,400 people made unemployed. English UK believe that the changes are irrational given the adverse effect they will have on English language centres and other stakeholders and the absence of any evidence to suggest that they will prevent abuse of the immigration system.

English UK released the following statement through their lawyers:

“The application for judicial review was issued on 22 March 2010. Just two days later, Collins J took the unusual step of granting permission before the Secretary of State had filed an acknowledgement of service or summary grounds of defence. The order granting permission was made in unusually forthright terms, with the judge stating: “It is difficult to see how the extension of the level of English to those who come to study English can reasonably be justified.” Although permission was stayed to allow the respondent to argue why it should not have been granted, the Secretary of State has now confirmed that permission is not opposed.”

They added:

“The claim is brought on a number of grounds. English UK are arguing that the provision in the Immigration Rules (para. 120(a) of Appendix A) which allows the UKBA to set minimum academic standards for Tier 4 students in sponsor guidance, as opposed to in the Rules themselves, is unlawful.”

The judge, Collins J noted, when granting permission:

“The use of guidance in circumstances where its effect is to render entry for students more difficult is arguably a misuse of the powers contained in the 1971 Act.”

The full Early Day Motion laid before Parliament by Stephen Lloyd MP on 2 June 2010 reads:

PROTECTING ENGLISH LANGUAGE SCHOOLS

Lloyd, Stephen

That this House is alarmed by the previous administration’s ruling of 10 March 2010 that raised detrimentally the entry criteria for foreign students wishing to study the English language in this country in an attempt to deter bogus students; notes that it was both a rushed and flawed alteration, including a requirement for students to already possess intermediate level English, which is equivalent to A level English, before being allowed to even study English in the UK; considers that it will discourage an estimated 100,000 legitimate international students from coming to the UK to study; further notes that the professional body, English UK, estimates that £400 million per annum and 3,400 jobs will be lost from the teaching sector and £1 billion from the university sector, who take around 46 per cent. of their international students from those who already study English in the UK; further considers that it will have a profound impact on the vital £17 million per annum which foreign students bring to the economy in Eastbourne; and calls on the Government and the new Immigration Minister to abolish this inexplicable legislation in order to protect the UK’s standing as a world leader in the area, noting that, if the Government does not rescind this legislation, other English-speaking countries will benefit while the UK’s vital home grown industry will suffer.

Register of Tier 4 Sponsors – 28 Jun 2010

Differences against the Tier 4 Register 25 Jun 2010

From now on, Highly Trusted Sponsors will be dealt with on the Highly Trusted Sponsors List, whilst Tier 4 Sponsors Register posts will cover A-rated, B-rated and Trusted Sponsors.

The following schools and colleges were removed from the Register:

  • None

The following schools and colleges were added to the Register:

  • None

Download the Register of Sponsors Tier4: 28 Jun 2010

Difference between A and B rated Colleges

Hi There,
Well my ? is what is the difference between A and B rated colleges is their any negative impact if sumone getting enrolled with some B rated college as i am getting admission in B rated college which is B rated as its new college not because UKBA degraded it from A to B well as i read the blog and find out mostly colleges who are A rated after suspension delayed to give refund their students well i have 2 options A rated colleges asking 75% of total fees however, B rated college is asking 35% of fees well i m intrested to get admission in A rated college but scare what if it get suspended and i m another victim please suggest me what should i do either i get enrolled with B rated Or A rated college if B rated college not impact negatively in my visa application so i may get enrolled with B rated college n submit my visa application please help me out guys looking forward for ur earliest response thanks…

Regards:
Anil

This post was submitted by Anil.