UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) made changes to the Immigration Rules with effect from April 2016 which to existing Tier 4 students as well as anyone applying for leave on or after this date. The main changes that affect Regent’s students are outlined below.
Tier 4 visa students sponsored by Regent's may only change their course without applying for a new visa first, if:
Students sponsored on a Tier 4 (General) visa cannot be self-employed or engage in business activity. Business activity includes working for a business in a capacity other than employee in which a student has a financial or other significant beneficial interest. This includes:
The new rules say that the period of leave granted and the level of course for which the leave was granted will be counted towards the caps on study, rather than the periods and courses actually studied.
Tier 4 (General) students cannot study a course at a lower level than their previous course.
Third country nationals applying under Tier 4 (General) to study a short-term study abroad programme in the UK as part of their degree at an HEI in the USA will be exempt from the Tier 4 English language requirements.