Monthly Archives: August 2010

How can I Complain Against Cavendish College London

Hi,

I applied for Master of Business Administration in Cavendish College for Jan 2010 intake. I submitted my documents on 13th Jan 2010 to VFS office in New Delhi. After that college was take out of UKBA’s sponser list and my application was on hold by Home office. I was not informed by college about that. After checking on UKBA’s website, I found that college is not in their sponser list anymore. I contacted addmission officer and he told me that college will be on list after few days and asked me to hold on with the application. I have sent emails to Home office but not getting any response about my application. Everytime I phone college they ask me to hold on with my application and it will be procesesed for next intake. After waiting for more than 7 months, I have sent my withdrawl request to Home office New Delhi on 16th July 2010. Still waiting for home office’s decision about my withdrawl request. In my case can college deduct the money? and is there anyway I can make a complain about the college?

This post was submitted by Neeraj Mittal.

LSBF says, “UKBA announces major immigration rules changes for ACCA students coming to study in the UK”

I don’t really know how true is this, as I have not been able to come across any such rule on UKBA Website, though we are all aware that IELTS is a must thing for applying for student visa or even for student’s dependent visa now.

However, following is the email I received from LSBF as I had earlier expressed some interest in pursuing ACCA from LSBF:

“As you have expressed interest in studying ACCA with LSBF?s Compete 1st Class tuition offer, we wanted to share with you some important changes to the UK immigration rules affecting all students coming to study in the UK after 12 August 2010.

The changes to the Immigration Rules will require all students wishing to come to the UK for ACCA studies with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies issued on or after 12 August 2010 to have passed a Secure English Language Test approved by the UKBA.

We are aware that some of our students in many regions of the world have difficulty in booking an appointment to sit a test like the IELTS due to shortage of appointments and therefore we strongly recommend all interested students complete their application no later than Wednesday 11 August 2010.

Students who complete their application with LSBF on or before 11 August 2010 will be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) which will enable you to apply for a Tier 4 student visa without the need to sit and pass a Secure English Language Test.

Secure English Language Tests

On Thursday 12 August 2010 the UK Border Agency will implement the English language testing requirements for Tier 4 (General) students, full details can be found on the UK Border Agency website. A summary of the changes can be found below.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) issued on or after 12 August 2010

If a Tier 4 (General) student is coming to study in the United Kingdom, using a CAS issued on or after 12 August 2010 and they are coming to study a course that is below NQF Level 6 (except for students on Foundation Degrees and those studying an English language course) ? this includes all ACCA courses – their Tier 4 sponsor must ensure that the student is competent in English language at a minimum of level B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) by showing they:

• are from a majority English-speaking country. Further details are available at
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk/adult-students/can-you-apply/; or

• have successfully completed a course as a Tier 4 (Child) student (or under the student rules that were in force before 31 March 2009, where the student was granted permission to stay whilst he/she was under 18 years old) which was:

• at least six months in length; or
• ended within two years of the date the sponsor assigned the CAS; or
• have passed an English language test with an approved test provider for Tier 4, and has achieved at least CEFR level B1 in all four components (reading, writing, speaking and listening). Details of approved test providers can be found on our website at:
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk/adult-students/evidence/visa-letter/

This post was submitted by D L S.

Online Training for Educational Consultants: British Council, Islamabad

The online training for consultants is in progress under the aegis of British Council, Islamabad. The ‘Contact Session’ took place at Embassy Lodge, Islamabad at 1500 hrs, on 4 August 2010. The programme manager, Mr.Furqan Shamsi, held a comprehensive brief and cracked the queries of the course entrants. Renowned veteran consultants also graced the occasion. They were Mr.Omair (Ideal Consultants), Ms Rizwana Asif (Emerging Visions) and Mr.Naeem Afzal (CONFED). These consultants explained various aspects of the training i.e mode of study, utility of the training, and so on.

The session started with the Chinese smiles of the programme manager. Consequent upon it, the veterans dwelt on the overall value and worth of the training, technical or study problems that might come in the way and found ways how to get along successfully in the training. In response to the general queries of course entrants, the programme manager spoke in detail on the benefits of UK education; quality of academic qualification from a UK institution, wide variety of flexible courses and institutions, scholarships for international students, healthcare, financial matters, and, above all, excellent opportunities for travel, both within the UK and further afield to mainland Europe.

At the end of the day, the session was pretty informative, participative and useful for all concerned. At tea, the programme manager apprised about various British Council products and promised that the Council staff will go to every possible length to facilitate institutions and individuals in promoting UK education in Pakistan.

It is a hope that the Council has provided a forum that has enlightened about the role and responsibilities of educational consultants. All concerned must be thankful for such a noble practice.

In person, I do apologize to the hosts for my slovenly table etiquettes at tea table. LOLZ

This post was submitted by Miraj ul Haq, Educational Consultant, IMS Consultants,Mardan,Pakistan.

Applicants of English Language Courses Remain Banned in Bangladesh

Following Damien Green’s visit to Bangladesh, the ban on Bangladeshi UK visa applicants was partially lifted on 22 July 2010, with those applying for foundation degrees, Bachelor programmes and post-graduate courses able to finally arrange a visa application appointment. The ban on all Child Student visa applicants was also lifted.

On 12 August 2010, the UK Border Agency lifted the ban on all courses expect English language. The suspension of applications for those wishing to join English language courses will remain under close review by the Border Agency.

Tier 4 applicants are required to make an appointment at a visa application centre in order to submit their Tier 4 visa applications. Appointments are free of charge. Guidance on how to schedule an appointment is available on the website: www.vfs-uk-bd.com.

On 12 August, the UK Border Agency will introduce a secure English language test requirement for Tier 4 (General Student) visas worldwide. Applicants who are studying courses below degree level, excluding a foundation degree and an English language course, need to pass a secure English language test. This test must be taken with a UK Border Agency-approved provider before the applicant applies for a CAS from the sponsor.

All applicants who make Tier 4 (General Student) visa applications to study the above courses from 12 August and using a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) issued from this date will need to pass a new secure English language test.

It is important that applicants follow the current Tier 4 guidance carefully, complete their applications fully and submit the correct supporting documents. There have been some significant changes to the Tier 4 policy in 2010. Tier 4 guidance and application forms are available to customers free of charge.

If applicants submit fraudulent documents or false information, their visa applications will be refused. They also face an automatic ban on entry to the UK for the next 10 years for any category of visa.

Applicants may be requested to attend an interview with the UK Border Agency as part of the visa application process.

Further information

1. The temporary suspension of new Tier 4 applications was implemented in Bangladesh on 1 February 2010.

2. With effect from 22 July, the temporary suspension is lifted for the following courses: foundation degrees (including the Scottish HND in (3) below), degree and postgraduate courses only. On 12 August the suspension will be lifted for other NQF 5 equivalent courses and below. The suspension will remain in place for English language courses.

3. A foundation degree means a programme of study which leads to a qualification awarded by a UK higher education institution with degree awarding powers, which is at a minimum of level 5 on the revised National Qualifications Framework (NQF), or level 8 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework. Further information about NQF levels is available at: http://www.qaa.ac.uk/standardsandquality/otherrefpoints/qualsboundaries.asp

4. Tier 4 (General Student) visas are for people coming to the United Kingdom for their post-16 education. Tier 4 (Child Student) visas are for children between the ages of 4 and 17 to come to the UK. Those aged between 4 and 15 may only be educated at independent fee-paying schools. Applicants aged 16-17 years studying on courses at NQF level 3 or above have a choice of making an application either in the Tier 4 General Student category or the Tier 4 Child Student category.

5. Tier 4 of the points based system was reviewed earlier in 2010 and a number of significant changes have been introduced. The main changes are as follows:

The electronic CAS has replaced the Visa Letter.

Students who are studying below degree level, excluding foundation degrees, are permitted to work a maximum of 10 hours per week (a reduction from 20 hours). Their dependents are not permitted to work unless they qualify in their own right under the points based system.

Students who are studying a course of 6 months or less are not permitted to bring their dependents with them.

A new “highly trusted sponsor” designation has been introduced for education providers that can offer courses at National Qualification Framework level 3 and Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework level 6 and below.

To study courses below NQF level 6, students need to be competent in English language to level B1 Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Until now, it has been the education provider’s responsibility to test this.

6. The published Tier 4 guidance is available free of charge at: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/applicationforms/pbs/tier4migrantguidance1.pdf

7. Tier 4 visa application forms (VAF 9 and appendix 8 for General Students and appendix 9 for Child Students) are available free of charge at: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas

8. Applicants are required to demonstrate that they are proficient to at least CEFR level B1 in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Applicants who are intending to study a foundation degree or at degree level (NQF level 6) and above, or an English language course, are not required to take a secure English language test before applying for a visa. Education providers may however, request students to provide evidence of English language proficiency to ensure they are capable of following the course for which they have applied.

This post was submitted by Heron.

How to Make the Best Use of Facebook When You’re a Student

It’s unofficially the world’s third largest country if we were to go by population alone – following China and India, Facebook has the world’s largest population base – 500 million users have signed up for this service in a new record of sorts. It’s a virtual world no doubt, but you have to admit that it’s one that’s the best connected. So no matter who you are and privacy concerns aside, it pays to hitch a ride on this bandwagon, because it sure is going places in the days to come. If you’re a student, you can make the most of Facebook not just to write offbeat status messages and leave cryptic and sarcastic comments on those of your friends, but also for more valuable purposes as well.

  • Establish a network: By network, I don’t mean one that comprises of your friends (or people who you barely know but who Facebook claims are your friends) but one that you can use for professional reasons. When you’re pursuing a career in a particular field, it’s important that you establish a network of contacts who can help you secure a job, offer recommendations, and help you move up the career ladder. Don’t make friends expecting them to help you out; rather, talk to people and get to know them before you ask for favors. Facebook is the perfect platform to do this because it’s neither too casual nor too formal.
  • Choose your friends carefully: Facebook is not a competition where you collect the maximum number of friends; it’s a social networking tool to interact with people you know well and acquaintances you’re familiar with. So don’t add people you don’t know to your list of friends, unless they’re common friends with someone you know. The problem with inviting strangers to be your “friend” on Facebook or accepting their invitations is that you’re boosting your risk of identity theft and leaving yourself open to unscrupulous people who use information on your profile against you in various ways.
  • Protect your privacy: Facebook is a safe network if you know how to protect your privacy. By default, most of your profile information is visible for all to see, so it’s best you check out the privacy options and apply them to your profile. Categorize your friends by groups – friends, family, close friends, acquaintances, work people and so on, and provide access accordingly. Remember, if you put up pictures or status messages or leave comments that are not kosher, they could come to bite you in the back when you’re looking for a job or trying to impress a potential employer.

For all its perceived fallacies, Facebook is one of the safest social networks there is simply because it allows you to decide your preferred privacy settings; and it’s the best way to network because it has the largest number of people online in the same place.

This guest post is contributed by Anna Miller, who writes on the topic of online degree. She welcomes your comments at her email id: anna.miller009@gmail.com

Asic accredited vision college of theology and business studies in hackney refuses to refund tuition feed paid

I had admission to vision college of theology in hackney. When I made the visa application I was denied on the basis that I had an expired cas number. Before makin the application the college assured me that the cas was valid for another six months and therefore despite the fact that I was a week late into the term time there would be no issues arising in regard to the cas number. They even went ahead and issued me a late coming acceptance letter as it was due to their lack of proper administration that I was late in making my visa application. When my visa was denied I withdrew mu admission from the college and requested a refund of the fees paid . I had paid a whole years tuition fee.

The college wrote me an email saying they would pay the refund less 250 administration costs on the 15th of july 2010.I instructed them to pay the money into my sisters account in the UK. however on the day no refund was made. The college came up with several excuses and again said they would pay on the 23rd of july 2010. They however didn’t make the payment. They then sent an email stating that they would pay on the 3rd of august 2010. Last friday they sent me an email stating that they were sending me a cheque by DHl. I called and sent them an email stating that the cheque is unacceptable. Foreign. Cheques are not accepted in all banks in my country due to fraud etc and the college is aware of this fact. The only reason they have done this is again to buy time and also because I have made a complaint to Asic.

I got admission to a university and paid a fees deposit and was expecting the refund so as to make the full payment to the university. I got admission for the september intake but because I have not received the refund from vision college I am unable to make the september intake.I have had to defer my admission to next year.

Is there any way I can get compensation and damages for time wasted extra costs incurred in trying to get the refund? I want to expose the actions of this college and the rest of the colleges that refuse to make refunds. The process through asic is slow and I have not received the refund from the college.

Please advise me on other remedies

This post was submitted by tyler.

My Visa was Refused with no Right of Appeal

Hi I have applied to extend my visa about 6 month ago but due to writing the wrong details they have sent me a letter to submith an new application .I have sent the new application while my visa was ran out. again they have sent me a letter and said the college is not registered in their list and they have said I don’t have any right to apeal. please help and let me know what shouls I do.

This post was submitted by Reza.

IELTS Exam Question – can the fee be Refunded?

hi,

i have written ielts exam on 17 july 2010 and waiting for my result. as i am planning for pharmacist course i need 7 in each module in ielts. and not sure what i am going to score this time. so planning for applying for exam. since my results are going to come on 30th july. i have to wait. but i have to join the course this year. so need my result by september. so is it possible for me to book one more exam for first week of exam and if i get my required score just cancel it. will my fees will be refund if it is two weeks before.

This post was submitted by bhargavi.

How long does a Student visa Application take in India?

I’ve got my visa appointment later this month. The VFS people in India said that it takes 30 working days to get a visa…My travel date is in early September and so I might not be able to make it if what they say is true.I might add that my full fees at the university has been paid. Will that hasten the process?
How long did it take for you? Thanks!

This post was submitted by Angel.