During the last couple of months we have been liaising with UKVI on behalf of a number of our education sector clients in relation to many of the changes outlined in the Tier 4 Sponsor Guidance issued on 1 October 2013. You can find the latest information about joint venture arrangements here.
Most recently we have been informed that some of the information published on 1 October 2013 relating to independent schools is inaccurate.
They have reiterated that, in relation to pupils who will attend independent schools, a single CAS can be issued in the following circumstances:
- it is issued by the independent school to cover both a pre-sessional course (at the school or at a third party) and the main course of study at the independent school; and
- the student has an unconditional offer of a place at the independent school; and
- the pre-sessional is to prepare the student for their main course of study (typically this will be English language or other preparatory courses)
- the duration of the pre-sessional course and period of study at the independent school will not exceed the maximum period of entry clearance or leave to remain that can be granted under Tier 4.
They have also specifically reiterated that a three month limit on the pre-sessional course does not apply to independent schools, including in relation to pre-sessional courses that are taught by a non-Tier 4 provider partnering the school.
We are informed by our contacts that the guidance will be amended in December.
If you need further information about this or any of the other changes introduced on 1 October 2013, we can be contacted here.