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Suspension of Tier 4 student applications in North India, Nepal and


The UK Border Agency has announced that, from 1 February 2010, it is not accepting any new applications under the Tier 4 student route of the points-based system at the following visa application centres:
      North India - New Delhi, Jalandhar and Chandigarh
      Bangladesh - Dhaka, Sylhet and Chittagong
      Nepal - Kathmandu

The head of the points-based system at the UK Border Agency, Jeremy Oppenheim, said:
'The points-based system gives us the flexibility to act to maintain the integrity of the visa system, while processing legitimate applications fairly, thoroughly and as quickly as possible.

'We continually check and monitor all student applications and education providers to ensure that they meet the required standards set by the points-based system. As a result of this routine monitoring and an increase in applications, we have temporarily stopped accepting new applications from North India, Nepal and Bangladesh while we carry out an investigation to ensure they are all genuine.

'We will take tough action against those who attempt to abuse the system.'

Changes to student applications from 22 February 2010

From 22 February 2010, any applicant who applies to study in the UK under Tier 4 of the points-based system must have a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from their prospective sponsor.

UK Border Agency will accept applications that are supported solely by visa letters if they have been lodged and paid for on or before 21 February 2010. Any applications that are paid for on or after 22 February 2010 and are not supported by a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies will be refused.

The date of application is the date that the fee associated with the application is paid. This means the date shown on the payment receipt, which depends on how the student paid for his / her visa application, for example, at a British diplomatic mission overseas, visa application centre or online. Applicants wishing to apply with a visa letter must ensure that an appointment to make a payment is made before 22 February 2010.

For more information about applying to study under Tier 4 of the points-based system, see the Studying in the UK section of the UK Border Agency website.

Source: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/

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