- As a non-EEA student you need a visa to study at Writtle University College. Most of you will already have a Tier 4 (General) visa which is the category for adult students who want to come to or remain in the UK for their post-16 education.
If your current period of leave is coming to an end you must make your new application in good time. Please visit international admissions so that you can be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS). This is now the only route to gaining a tier 4 student visa.
For detailed information about your tier 4 application please download this Writtle University College Guidance Document
Please also visit:GOV.UK Tier 4 'Apply online and Guidance'
UKCISA Guidance – Making a Tier 4 (General) Visa Application
Visiting Europe – Schengen Visa
- As a non EU national if you wish to visit Europe for a class trip or for a holiday you will probably require a Schengen (tourism) visa. Please read the documents below to check whether this applies to you and what to do next:
Working After Your Studies
- In April 2011 the government introduced an annual quota on applications for Tier 2 of the points-based system; however students transferring from Tier 4 to the Tier 2 route are not included in this quota.
The normal Tier 2 requirements will apply, except for the Resident Labour Market Test. i.e. A company hiring International students transferring from Tier 4 to the Tier 2 route are not required to advertise a position to prove that there is no suitable EU/EEA candidate currently resident in the UK.
The Tier 2 route provides leave to remain for three years with the option to extend for a further two years if still employed by a Tier 2 sponsor.
Tier 2 process (brief guide)• Your employer must have or apply for a licence from the UKBA to employ anyone from outside of the EU. UKBA Register of Sponsors
• Once the licence has been granted the employer is able to issue Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) with a unique reference number (similar to the Certificate of Acceptance for Tier 4 Students visa applications). The CoS is not an actual certificate or document but an online record which holds information about the job and your personal details.
• Once the CoS has been issued an application for leave to remain under Tier 2 can be made. The applicant will need to meet the Points Assessment for Tier 2. The application must be submitted before leave to remain in the UK as a student under Tier 4 expires.
• Jobs offered under the Tier 2 route must be of skilled level (graduate). Minimum salary £20,000, or the minimum set out in the relevant UKBA codes of practice.
• It is possible to change employer and roles. A 'change of employment' application and a new CoS are required to start a new job with a different Tier 2 sponsor.
For detailed information and updates about the Tier 2 route please refer to the Gov.uk website.
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