Switching from Tier 4 to Tier 2 – Changes in the rules
After competing their studies in the UK, international students on a Tier 4 visa, generally look to switching in to the Tier 2 (General) route, to allow them to remain in the UK, in skilled employment.
Previously, Tier 4 students who wanted to switch to a Tier 2 (General) visa in the past, must be able to show that they successfully completed their course, they therefore had to wait until their results were out, before qualifying to switch immigration categories.
Under the new rules, students no longer need to show that they have “successfully completed” their course, they simply need to be able to show that they have completed their course, by way of submitting all their papers and sat all their exams, they do not have to wait for their results to come out which confirm they passed them.
In our experience, a lot of students missed out on the opportunity to switch in to Tier 2 (General) as their results came out too late and they were unable to obtain the original degree or letter from the University confirming they successfully passed the course.
This new rule provides Tier 4 migrants with more opportunities and flexibility; however, employers still need to ensure that they ascertain that Tier 4 students they wish to employ, still have the relevant qualifications for a skilled job and will pass before employing them.
Students also need to ensure that they are honest with their prospective employers, on if they have received their results and been advised of any extra work they need to do, as they would not meet the requirement of “completing their course” in this instance.
Students will be required to submit evidence of completing their course, either by way of a letter from the university, or if they have the degree, then they would submit this as apart of their application.
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Author: Amisha Jethwa