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UK student visa: new rules - effective February 22, 2010

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Students and education providers beware: new UK student visa rules will apply starting Monday February 22, 2010. The new rules, introduced under , mean will soon have to obtain a from their , rather than a .

After February 22, the UK Border Agency will ignore applications from students who send  - even if an issues a letter before February 22. Until February 21, however, students can continue to apply under Tier 4 using a , even if their course of study will start after February 22.

Information for education providers / sponsors:

As stated above, the UK Border Agency will no longer accept after February 22.

Moreover, will need to use the UK Border Agency's to issue to all potential students after February 22.

The is a secure IT system, which enables to bring to the UK and manage their stay here.

For example, the system will allow sponsors to send a 'sponsor note' to the UK Border Agency to inform them about minor changes to a certificate of sponsorship or a before the overseas student uses it.

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