If you are an educational institution and looking to enrol students from outside the EEA, you will need to apply for the Tier 4 sponsor licence . The Tier 4 licence allows holders the permission to sponsor international students to come to the United Kingdom study full time in their institutions. Importantly, a Tier 4 sponsor refers to an educational institution that offers full time courses to students (including international students) in the UK. The Home office have stressed that sponsorship is a privilege and not a right as such sponsor licence holders who are benefiting from overseas student migration would need to do enough to ensure that the system is not abused. Tier 4 sponsor licence holders are also expected to ensure that the student migrants applying to come to the UK via their institutions must be eligible to do so and the educational provider genuinely wishes to teach them. The granting of a sponsor licence is a statement of trust by the Home Office to the education provider; with this trust comes responsibility. The Tier 4 sponsor licence holder must act in compliance with the Immigration Rules and regulations in the Tier 4 Sponsor Guidance. It is also important to note that Tier 4 licence holders would still need to apply for a Tier 2 licence to sponsor Tier 2 migrants.
In applying for a Tier 4 sponsor license, the sponsoring institution must:-
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