Points-based system for UK visa: Revised policy guidance for tier 4 of the points-based system and for PBS dependants 7


Revised versions of the policy guidance for tier 4 of the points-based system, and of the PBS dependants policy guidance, have now been published.

The key changes that are included in the revised guidance are highlighted below:

IssueChanges from 1 June
Proof of availability of finances – transitional arrangementsThere are transitional arrangements in place that allow applicants to show they have the money needed to meet the maintenance requirements of tier 4, on the day that they apply, rather than for a period of 28 days prior to their application.

These transitional arrangements have been extended and will remain available to applicants until 30 September 2009.

Proof of availability of finances – loan documentationThe policy guidance allows applicants to provide a letter from an appropriately regulated financial institution confirming availability of funds in the form of a loan.

Slight revisions have been made to the required content of these loan letters, to allow for the fact that they will not always include an applicant’s account number.

Official financial sponsorshipPrior to 1 June 2009, there was no provision for a tier 4 migrant’s official financial sponsor to extend their financial sponsorship to the family members of the tier 4 migrant.

From 1 June 2009 a tier 4 migrant’s official financial sponsor will be permitted to extend their financial sponsorship to cover the tier 4 migrant’s dependants.

Electronic signatures on visa lettersVisa letters must be signed and dated by an authorised official (original or electronic signature).

The policy guidance has been revised to clarify that either a digital signature or a scanned signature will be accepted as an ‘electronic signature’ for these purposes.

Maintenance requirements – inner and outer LondonApplicants who will be studying in inner London are required to show a higher level of funds to cover their living costs than those who will be studying outside London.

The definition of who the higher maintenance requirements apply to has not changed. The guidance has however been altered to clarify the fact that the higher maintenance requirements apply only to those who will be studying in inner London and that applicants who will be studying in outer London or elsewhere in the United Kingdom, will be assessed against the lower requirements.

Date of applicationThe date of your application will be taken to be the following:

For applications made in the United Kingdom:

  • where the application form is sent by post, the date of posting; or
  • where the application form is sent by courier, the date on which it is delivered to the UK Border Agency of the Home Office;

For applications made outside the United Kingdom:

  • the date that the fee associated with the application is paid. This means the date shown on your payment receipt, which depends on how you paid for your visa application, for example, at a British Diplomatic Post, visa application centre or online.

 

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/newsarticles/pbs-new-forms-for-students


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7 thoughts on “Points-based system for UK visa: Revised policy guidance for tier 4 of the points-based system and for PBS dependants

  • zulfiqar

    Kindly seek advise form qualified Immigration advisor, in UK OISC registers all the Immigration advisor.
    For immigration advise you should seek immigration advisor not Education consultants, British Council only provide training to Education consultants

    In Pakistan, there is only one organisation with qualified staff and that is Immigration Advisory Services in Karachi te 021-34302518-20 http://www.iaspk.org

  • NWAOGU OBINNA

    Sir, i am a Nigerian applying for an MSc in the UK.
    Please i would want to know the right visa application forms to fill for my application.
    Thanks

  • raja

    ESPECTED SIR/MADAM
    Hleoo how are you?.
    i am so much confused that what documents are required for student
    visa for UK as i am applying for master degree in UK
    please just mention me required document that are necessary to submit.
    Looking forward for your best resopnse
    i l b thankful to you
    please

  • amel

    sir, i m a student of intermediate part 2 and i want to study in london bcoz i want to be self dependent and want to discover life by my own means i m unable to use my capablilites here its my wish and desire that i could study in london make my dreamz fulldilledsir please help i want to utilize the time of my life in a good manner and want to be able to help the social society sir i can work harder to meet your expectations but i m not surely able to clear any test before the entrance but give me one chance i can prove my self i know it and i mean it plzz help me sir plzzzzzzzzzzzz!