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Important Changes about Tier 4 General Come in Force on Thursday 12th Nov 2015

11 Nov 2015

The following changes regarding Tier 4 General were announced on 13th July 2015, which is to be implemented on 12th November 2015.


  • ban college students from extending their Tier 4 visas in the UK unless they are studying at an ‘embedded college’, one which has a formal, direct link to a university that is recognised by the Home Office. This will require them to leave and apply for a new visa from outside the UK if they wish to study another course

  • ban college students from being able to switch visas to Tiers 2 or 5 in the UK, and require them to apply from outside the UK

  • reduce the time limit for study at further education level from 3 years to 2 years. This brings the maximum period into line with the length of time British students generally spend in further education


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