`Rules to permit exchange visits by overseas students’
11th December 2009: The Immigration Rules are being amended. The changes to the Rules will mean that from 22 February 2010, Tier 4 migrants will require an electronic confirmation of acceptance for studies in order to be able to score points for attributes in their applications to come to the UK.
The Home Office said the Immigration Rules are being amended to make provision for the final phase of the roll-out of Tier 4, the student tier of the points-based system.
The Rules will now also provide for workers admitted under the previous rules for overseas government employees, to switch in-country into the Tier 5 category for temporary workers.
The rules are also being amended to provide that applications for leave to remain or settlement on the basis of long residence will no longer be considered at a UK Border Agency Public Enquiry Office.
The latest Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules was laid before Parliament; and according to the changes: The Rules will also make provision, within the child visitor rules, to permit exchange visits by overseas students to state maintained and other schools.
This Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules will be incorporated into a consolidated version of the Immigration Rules. The changes will come into effect on 1 January 2010, with the exception of the Tier 4 changes, which will come into force on 22 February 2010.