Coronavirus (COVID-19): Tier 4 sponsors, migrants, and short-term students

If you’re a Tier 4 sponsor, migrant or short-term student, the Home Office has issued temporary concessions in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 01 June 2020)

The guidance stipulates requirements for:

  • education providers seeking to apply for, and hold a license to sponsor international students wishing to study under Tier 4 of the Points Based System
  • applying for a Tier 4 license
  • Applying for a Tier 4 visa
  • Educational oversight
  • Student absences related to Covid-19
  • Distance learning
  • English language requirements and pre-sessional courses
  • Right to work checks
  • sponsorship duties
  • Working hours
  • Right to rent checks
  • Students whose 30 day visa to work, study or join family has expired
  • compliance assessments and sanctions for non-compliance
  • the effect of Higher Education regulatory reform on Tier 4 sponsors

Please be advised that the above information is not exhaustive as there are more requirements and points to consider.

For more information on guidance for Tier 4 sponsors, migrants, and short-term students on temporary concessions in response to the coronavirus outbreak, send an email to to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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