UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) also know as UKBA recently made some minor immigration changes from March to July 2014 for Tier 4 Student visa. The changes has very limited impact in the current immigration rules.
Recent changes in Tier 4 Student visa’s are
New Country list for TB Testing: 7 New country added for Tuberculosis. Algeria, Belarus, Bhutan, Burma, Iraq, Sri Lanka and Ukraine will be added to the list of countries whose nationals need to take a tuberculosis (TB) test at an approved clinic before applying for a Tier 4 visa to come to the UK for a course of 6 months or more. Effecting from 31st March 2014.
New Acceptable Bank in Bangladesh: UKVI added one more new Bangladeshi bank for any point based visa to the UK. Newly added bank ‘Prime Bank Limited. Effecting from 6 April 2014.
Tier 4 Dependents work restrictions: New restrictions will be applicable for Tier 4 PBS dependents. The work conditions for a Tier 4 dependant will add a restriction on working as a professional sports player or coach. The Home Office has explained that this restriction is “designed to prevent applicants from circumventing the requirement to be endorsed by the relevant UK sports governing body in the dedicated [sponsored work visa] categories.”
New Application Fees: New application fees effecting from 1st July 2014. Details are given below.
|Type of application||Current amount||New amount from 1 July 2014|
|Tier 4 (General) studying in Inner London||£1000||£1020|
|Tier 4 (General) studying Outer London||£800||£820|
|Tier 4 (Child) staying with carer / close relative||£550||£560|
|Tier 4 (Child), under 12 accompanied by a parent||£1500||£1535|
|Tier 4 (Child), under 12 accompanied by a parent, each additional child||£600||£615|
|Tier 4 (Child), aged 16 or 17, living independently and studying in inner London||£900||£920|
|Tier 4 (Child), aged 16 or 17, living independently and studying outer London||£700||£715|
|Tier 4 (Child), under 16 or not living independently:||£550||£560|
|Dependant of Tier 4 (General)studying in Inner London:||£600||£615|
|Dependant of Tier 4 (General)studying Outer London||£450||£460|
[box type=”bio”] Highlights: 1. which nationalities need a tuberculosis (TB) test before applying for a visa 2. how much money a Tier 4 applicant or their dependant needs to show, and the maximum deduction for accommodation fees already paid to the Tier 4 sponsor 3. A new “acceptable” bank in Bangladesh 4. Three (3) new “low risk” nationalities, and a change for all “low risk” nationals 5. ATAS clearance for a Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme application changes to the visa national list 6. A change to the work restriction for Tier 4 dependants[/box]
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