04.01.2019 Immigration Changes in January 2019: Tier 4 Visa Route

04.01.2019 Immigration Changes in January 2019: Tier 4 Visa Route

Quite a few changes to the Immigration Rules are about to come into force in January 2019.

From 10 January 2019, students who are currently studying a part-time postgraduate course in the UK under the Tier 4 category will be allowed to apply for extension of their Tier 4 leave, to continue studying on a part-time or full-time basis, within the UK.

Some further amendments, extending the ‘privileges’ currently available only to Tier 4 students sponsored by publicly-funded higher education institutions, will come into force on 1 August 2019. The ‘privileges’ will include:

  • Permission to work during study;
  • An ability, for those studying a post-graduate course, to bring dependants;
  • Having you English level assessed without a secure English language test;
  • Less restrictive study limits.

Details of a start-up visa route, a new Innovator route and restrictions imposed on the Tier 1 (Investor) route are expected to be announced later this year in a statement of intent, followed by changes to the Immigration Rules around April.

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