The Immigration Service have recorded a number of presentations about how to make a Tier 4 application both from within the UK and from overseas. We hope that these will assist you when making your application. You can access these from the Tier 4 Student Visas web page of the Immigration Service website.
Croatia is expected to join the European Union (EU) on 1 July 2013 http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/newsarticles/2012/october/39-croatia .
This means that students who have presented a Croatian passport at enrolment, and whose nationality code on the University's student records system is recorded as 'Croatian', will no longer be subject to UK immigration control after 1 July 2013. Those students in the UK on a Tier 4 visa sponsored by the University of Warwick will be reported to the Home Office on 1 July 2013 as the University will no longer be required to sponsor them. As of 1 July 2013, Tier 4 visas held by Croatian nationals will become invalid. Students do not need to take any further action because they are no longer subject to UK immigration control, although they may wish to apply for an EU Residence Permit http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/documents-eea-nationals/ .
Under transitional arrangements, for the time being, most Croatian nationals will be subject to restrictions on employment which will require students to apply for a work permit. Information about the application process for a work permit will be available on the UKBA website from 1 July 2013. This permission will need to be granted before a student can start working following the invalidity of the Tier 4 visa on 1 July 2013. Some exceptions are stated in the draft Regulations http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2013/9780111539156/regulation/2 currently being considered by Parliament. Students are advised to consult the Immigration Service if they are unsure whether or not they should continue working in order to avoid any breaches of UK Employment Law.
Croatian students are strongly advised to obtain comprehensive sickness insurance before 1 July 2013 to demonstrate that they have a right of residence in the UK by exercising their European treaty right as a student. Further information about 'comprehensive sickness insurance' and all of the above points can be found here on the UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) website http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/student/eea.php#eea_national.
In 2012 the Home Office introduced credibility interviews for 12,000 student applicants. For the 2013/14 academic year intake the Home Office plans to interview 100,000 applicants. This roughly equates to one in three applicants being interviewed. If you are a low risk national and therefore benefit from differentiation arrangements you will not be called for interview.
It is not yet clear exactly how these interviews are to be conducted but it is likely that they will either take place at the Embassy you are applying to or via video link with the Home Office in the UK. The interview will last between 5-10 minutes.
The purpose of the interview is to check your credibility as a genuine student. In order to assess this they will ask you questions about your study plans, how these fit into your career aspirations and your ability to pay for your course.
Summer term newsletter 2013
This term's newsletter has articles on coach trips, the international student barometer, exams, student liaison officers, graduation, travel safety, moving off campus, leaving Warwick, police registration, hate crime, immigration and HOST.
To have a look through click here.
The Doctorate Extension Scheme is now open. The scheme is designed to allow full-time Tier 4 students who complete a PhD/doctorate a longer period to find work with a Tier 2 employer, set up as an entrepreneur, or to gain practical work experience in their field.
Applications must be made before your degree is conferred. Information can be found on the UKBA and the Immigration Service websites.
The UKBA have published new application forms to be used for immigration applications from 6 April 2013.
The UKBA have introduced new application fees for immigration applications made from 6 April 2013.
The UK Border Agency has announced there are changes to the Codes of Practice for skilled employers. They are updating the list of skilled occupations to reflect the Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) 2010 system.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has informed us that the ATAS application form will be unavailable from 27th March to 8 April 2013 to allow for updates to their system.
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