Frequently asked questions
What is the Tier 4/Student route Points-Based Immigration System
New immigration routes have opened for applications to work, live and study in the UK from 1 January 2021. UK institutions that wish to recruit international students to courses that are longer than 6 months duration must be licenced by the government as a Tier 4/Student route sponsor for immigration purposes.
Tier 4/Student route and the University
The University is a Tier 4/Student route sponsor and recruits and sponsors international students under Tier 4/Student route of the Points-Based System Immigration System. To sponsor a student under Tier 4/Student route the University issues a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). The University must follow strict Home Office guidelines at all times to ensure it retains its licence to recruit international students. This is extremely important to both the University and to its international student and staff population.
The University has many responsibilities for students who we sponsor under Tier 4/Student route including reporting students and retaining certain records.
Students and Tier 4/Student route
Students applying for a Tier 4/Student route visa must demonstrate that they meet the requirements for the visa and intend to study the course for which they were sponsored. As a Tier 4/Student route visa holder studying at Kent your visa is linked to the University. You may not study with any other institution while holding a Tier 4/Student route visa sponsored by Kent and likewise, if you hold a Tier 4/Student route visa sponsored by another institution you may not study at Kent. While sponsored on a Tier 4/Student route visa you must adhere to your visa conditions at all times.