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Students to prove they meet maintenance requirement

Those studying in London must have £800 for each month

13th March 2009: In addition to having a valid visa letter from a licensed sponsor, from 31st March foreign students will need to demonstrate that they meet the maintenance requirement of the rules in order to obtain sufficient points.

In a written answer to Mark Oaten, MP for Winchester, Immigration Minister Phil Woolas said that in order to obtain the points for the funds requirement under Tier 4, a foreign student will need to show that he has the full cost of the fees of the course (for first year only if the course is longer than 12 months), plus maintenance of £800 for each month of the course if studying in London, or £600 for each month of the course if studying outside London, up to a maximum of nine months.

Mr. Oaten wanted to know from Home Office what provisions have been made under Tier 4 of the immigration controls established in 2008 for students in respect of whom tuition fees are paid in advance.

Mr. Woolas said that if a student has already paid all or part of his fees in advance at the time of his application, he will need to provide verifiable evidence of this and will then need to demonstrate that he has sufficient money to cover the remainder of any fees and to maintain himself in the UK.

The minister also revealed that the UK Border Agency and the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills have paid a total of £50,000 to Ofsted since 2007 to help establish the accreditation system for Tier 4 of the Points Based System.

Ofsted assesses the accreditation bodies seeking to become approved by the UK Border Agency and chairs the bi-monthly meetings of the Accreditation Standards and Consistency Group.

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