UKVI update: Covid-19: Guidance for Tier 4 Sponsors and Migrants and for Short term students (20 April 2020)

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This guidance was accompanied by the following update from UKVI Visas and Citizenship Stakeholder Engagement:

The Home Office has today (20 April) published the latest guidance for Tier 4 sponsors, migrants and short-term students on temporary concessions in response to the outbreak of coronavirus.

The guidance is available at: Gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-tier-4-sponsors-migrants-and-short-term-students

The concessions set out in the guidance will all be kept under regular review and will be withdrawn once the situation returns to normal.

For Tier 4 sponsors, this guidance must be read alongside the Tier 4 Sponsor Guidance, which sets out the requirements for education providers wishing to apply for, and hold, a licence to sponsor international students to come to the UK under Tier 4 of the Points Based System.

Tier 2, 4 and 5 sponsors should visit Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for Tier 2, 4 and 5 sponsors GOV.UK page for the latest guidance and information.

Note from UKVI website:

This guidance sets out temporary policy concessions for Tier 4 sponsors, Tier 4 students and short-term study students in response to the outbreak of coronavirus. The concessions will all be kept under regular review and will be withdrawn once the situation returns to normal.

For Tier 4 sponsors, this guidance must be read alongside the Tier 4 sponsor guidance, which sets out the requirements for education providers wishing to apply for, and hold, a licence to sponsor international students to come to the UK under Tier 4 of the Points Based System. Document 1 covers applying for a Tier 4 licence, Document 2 covers sponsorship duties, Document 3 covers compliance assessments and sanctions for non-compliance, and Document 4 covers the effect of Higher Education regulatory reform on Tier 4 sponsors. Sponsors, and education providers who would like to apply for a Tier 4 licence, should read all four documents and ensure they understand them and comply with them.

For Tier 4 students, this guidance must be read alongside the Tier 4 policy guidance.

For short-term students, this guidance must be read alongside the short-term study guidance and Part 3 of the Immigration Rules.

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