Monthly Archives: October 2011

Told to Change Sponsor by my College

hi , i am a student of lsa-london. now my college has given me an intimation to change the college and they want offer letter from other college. kindly guide me what shold i do and which college i should apply i need your help . pls guide me.
can i get part time work permission. i also have ielts 5.0 bands.
thanks , waiting for reply

This post was submitted by rosy.

My College has Dissapeared

Hello there,

My visa got refused due to invalid CAS. I am unable to contact the college on the phone number given. They dont even reply to my email.

And also, college representative mobile numbers seems not working.

How would I get my paid money?

Please some one advise.

God bless you.

Sri Lanka

This post was submitted by nasik.

Visa Matters

dear sir/madam
i made a tier 4 student application with my college on the 26th of august 2011 at the Liverpool office, while I was waiting for my application I got an admission with the university of Hertfordshire which they have issued me my sponsor and CAS number. but on the 4th of October I received a letter stating that my application was refused and also my international passport didn’t come with it, it was refused because i didn’t meet the English test requirement cause the Pearson test i took wasn’t up to the grade required which my college sent a copy of my results to them while my application was still held at the UKBA office. am a bit confused now cause I don’t know if I should appeal or make another application since I have now got another highly trusted sponsor. please reply ASAP so I could know the best alternative and options available


This post was submitted by julia john.

Visa Extension and IELTS

Currently I was studying Pgdms level NQV level 7, at government funded college I passed 8 modules out of 9. One module has failed, I have visa extension next november. As per as I know now IELTS is required to visa extension. I done previous and it is still valid up to next December & I got 5.5 overall band score. So my question is now does it cover my IELTS or do I need to again sit for ielts ? Could you let me know. However, for that situation I emailed my college they told me I can extend visa by that score of ielts . Can you elaborate me what I actually need?

This post was submitted by Khokan.

Sudden Closure of Fulham and Chelsea College


I am Chady M. Dosono from Philippines. Last August 24,2011 I was granted a student visa for my studies in UK. I was not aware that my sponsor or the college where i enrolled which is Fulham and Chelsea College has already closed. Their last email to me was dated July 27,2011. The school’s admin senior officer was just making a follow up as to how my visa application status is doing at that time. They never mentioned nor gave any clue that the school was about to closed or was encountering problems. I have emailed the school upon receiving the result of my application since I need further instruction before leaving for UK to attend my class. I was alarmed when I did not get any reply from the school after several weeks, that was the time I started searching online as to the schools status and was shocked to find out the school has already been officially closed last July 29. I tried reaching the school through phone but nobody was picking up. I have also read from the Tier 4 guidelines that, it is not advisable to travel to UK if the status of your sponsor’s license has been suspended or canceled. I am so devastated by this, I tried seeking help but I do not know where or who to contact till I found your site. I hope you can enlighten me on my queries. I would just like to know if it’s possible to get the refund of my tuition fee for one year since I paid in advance already, amounting to 3,700 GBP. If it’s possible how do I go about it? Who are the proper authorities to contact? Please help me with this ordeal. I am still in the Philippines right now.

This post was submitted by Chady M. Dosono.

Tier 4 Visa Refusal under Appendix A-120(b)

I have studied previously (around 6 years ago) in the UK and got MSc Degree. I have now tried to join a C2 level English language programme to improve my communication skills but unfortunately my visa has been refused by the ECO stating that Academic progression requirement should be meet while issuing CAS, Please help with advise

This post was submitted by Amir.

FDM Academy’s top tips to avoid a graduate scheme scam

As youth unemployment reaches a record high of almost one million, the scope for graduates to be duped by graduate scheme scams has widened considerably.

The UK’s largest IT graduate employer, FDM Group, is seeking to combat the problem by offering graduates top tips for avoiding graduate employer scams.

• Don’t rely on internet forums
There will always be disgruntled ex-employees who vent their anger across various internet forums so don’t rely on these. Do your own research and decide for yourself.

• Look at the company’s media coverage
Research the company by googling them and picking out relevant media coverage. If a graduate recruiter has featured within a range of well-known publications they can almost certainly be trusted.

• Check for awards and accreditations
To receive credible awards companies have to go through a vigiorous selection process, which should uncover any scams and wrongdoings. You can also check if a company is legitimate by finding out if they have been accredited by relevant industry bodies. For IT firms check with the Learning and Performance Institute (formerly the IITT) or BCS.

• Avoid roles that require payment for training
If a company is investing in you by enrolling you on their graduate programme, they should be willing to cover your training costs. Ultimately a graduate employer would not be taking you on if they didn’t feel they could ultimately recuperate these costs through your work.

• Don’t apply for jobs that don’t require a face to face interview
Do not apply for jobs that promise high rates of pay without qualifications and a face-to-face interview. If you are taking on a role you should always meet the employer in person and visit the offices.

• Ask around
Ask your university careers centre about the company or the scheme. If they haven’t heard of the company they can advise you on the best possible ways to check them out. You could also try asking your friends and family but be weary as unfounded rumours do tend to circulate. The firm may also have facebook and Linkedin groups which you could use to ask current or past employees about their experiences with the company.

• Read the contract
This may sound obvious but if you are presented with a contract make sure you pick through it with a fine toothcomb. If there are any areas you are unsure of make sure you ask an employee about these before you sign the document.

• Visit the company’s offices
Ask the company if you can go along to their offices for an informal visit and make sure you meet employees who have gone through the graduate programme.

• Ensure the company is financially stable
Before you take on a graduate role make sure the company is financially stable and growing. The last thing you want is to be made redundant a few months down the line because the company has gone into liquidation. Join a company that is growing and experiencing financial success.

This post was submitted by sheira gorris.

Complaint Against North West College London Related to Attendance

i’m studying in north west college london…after holidays they merger in north west college reading… september last in holidays they send me formal warning letter for attendance…next day i went to college the college principal said
its not in my hand speak to sushma she is student affair manager…on 7th september they confirm my attendance for oyster card to tfl…on 29 september they send me letter in which they confirm my attendance is satisfactory…
i went to college monday sushma said its not in my hand its management decision…she asked me i have to find another college now…she treat me very badly…i have proof they confirm my attendance for oyster card & send me letter as well…next monday i’ll going college again…can you help me please what can i do???i paid my full fees…they trying to destroy my future…help me please..

This post was submitted by rammi.