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This guidance sets out temporary policy concessions for Tier 4 sponsors, Tier 4 students and short-term study students in response to the outbreak of coronavirus. The concessions will all be kept under regular review and will be withdrawn once the situation returns to normal.
For Tier 4 sponsors, this guidance must be read alongside the Tier 4 sponsor guidance, which sets out the requirements for education providers wishing to apply for, and hold, a licence to sponsor international students to come to the UK under Tier 4 of the Points Based System. Document 1 covers applying for a Tier 4 licence, Document 2 covers sponsorship duties, Document 3 covers compliance assessments and sanctions for non-compliance, and Document 4 covers the effect of Higher Education regulatory reform on Tier 4 sponsors. Sponsors, and education providers who would like to apply for a Tier 4 licence, should read all four documents and ensure they understand them and comply with them.
Added information for sponsors of distance learners and that students who star a course by distance learning outside the UK must be granted a visa before travelling to the UK.
Updated information about Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS): Applications can now be made to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for a new ATAS certificate.
Added information on the extension of concessions from 31 May 2020 to 31 July 2020, updated list of NHS professions in which Tier 4 students can work full-time, as well as other extensions and concessions.