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UK launches ‘Highly Trusted Sponsor Scheme’ for Education Providers

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The UK Government has launched the ‘Highly Trusted Sponsor Scheme’ for education providers under Tier 4 of the points-based system. This means that Tier 4 sponsors can apply for a Highly Trusted Sponsor licence from March 22, 2010 and the register of highly trusted sponsors will go live on Tuesday 6 April 2010.
Under the UK’s points-based system for controlling migration, all sponsors are rated according to their track record and procedures for monitoring overseas students. The new scheme, according to the UK Immigration authorities is about immigration control, not academic achievement. To qualify as a highly trusted sponsor, an education provider must have a proven track record in recruiting genuine international students who comply with immigration rules while they are in the UK.
Compared with other Tier 4 (General) sponsors, a highly trusted sponsor will be able to offer a wider range of courses to overseas students. It will also be offered new services and benefits, such as a dedicated account management function and a more flexible approach to reporting student non-attendance.
Under Tier 4 of the points-based system, all sponsors receive an ‘A’ or ‘B’ rating. The new Highly Trusted Sponsor category is a further segmentation of this sponsor rating system. It is designed to identify those sponsors who have the highest levels of compliance with their sponsor obligations, and whose students are showing the greatest compliance with the terms of their visa or permission to stay.
Highly trusted sponsors will be expected to meet the published criteria in full throughout the period when they hold a Highly Trusted Sponsor licence. In return they will be given a number of additional freedoms and benefits for the duration of their registration, and will be offered new services.

Written by MithrasLaw

March 23, 2010 at 8:53 pm

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  1. Interesting post 🙂 Subscribed to this site


    April 23, 2010 at 10:01 pm

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