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Minimum level of English language course for Tier 4 (General) students raised


Bar on bringing dependants for students applying for six months or less duration course

4th March 2010: Applying for a course under Tier 4 (General) for six months or less? You will no longer be able to bring your family or ‘dependants’. The minimum level of English language course the students in the category can study too stands raised.

The changes, announced earlier but implemented now, are a part of the new requirements for student applications under Tier 4 of the points-based system. Further changes will be introduced from April 2010.

Giving details of the new requirements, the UKBA has asserted: `We have raised the minimum level of English language course that Tier 4 (General) students can study, to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

`Before you can apply to study an English language course in the UK, you will need to show that your English language skills are at CEFR level B1 or higher.

`There are exceptions if you are a government-sponsored student or if you want to study a pre-sessional English course that meets certain requirements.

`If you are applying under Tier 4 (General) to study a course that is below degree level and is not a foundation degree, we have reduced the amount of work that you can do during term time to 10 hours per week. The maximum level used to be 20 hours per week.

`If you are applying under Tier 4 (Child) and you are 16 or 17 years old, we have reduced the amount of work that you can do during term time to 10 hours per week. The maximum level used to be 20 hours per week.

`If you are applying to study a course under Tier 4 (General) for six months or less, you will no longer be able to bring your family members, known as ‘dependants’

`If you are applying to study a course lower than degree level (excluding foundation degree courses) under Tier 4 (General), your dependants will no longer be able to work,  unless they qualify to work in their own right under Tier 1 or Tier 2 of the points-based system.

`If you have submitted and paid for your application before 3 March 2010, you will be considered against the rules that were in force at the time when you applied’.

The Border Agency has also asserted: Check the Tier 4 (General) and Tier 4 (Child) student guidance for full details of the new requirements. These are available in the adult students and child students sections of the UKBA website.

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