Sponsor a Tier 4 student: guidance for educators

Guide on how to apply for a Tier 4 sponsor licence and how to sponsor a student.


Applying for a Tier 4 licence

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Sponsorship duties

Tier 4 compliance


This is the full policy guidance on sponsoring a student. Use this guide to find out how to:

  • apply for (or renew) a university or college sponsor licence
  • enrol students from outside the EEA who will be studying under Tier 4 of the points-based system
Published 1 October 2013
Last updated 10 January 2019 + show all updates
  1. Replace all 4 documents with new versions.
  2. Updated guidance.
  3. Updated sponsorship duties document to be used from 8 May 2018.
  4. New guidance on higher education regulatory reform added.
  5. Guidance documents updated.
  6. Updated sponsorship duties guidance.
  7. Updated guidance for use on or after 6 April 2017.
  8. Updated guidance for use on or after 24 November.
  9. Updated guidance on 'Sponsorship duties'.
  10. Updated guidance.
  11. Updated guidance for educators.
  12. Updated guidance.
  13. Updated guidance for sponsors
  14. Updated tier 4 compliance guidance.
  15. Updated guidance
  16. Updated guidance
  17. Updated guidance.
  18. Updated guidance.
  19. Updated guidance.
  20. Updated sponsors' duties and compliance.
  21. Updated guidance.
  22. Updated sponsor guidance.
  23. Updated documents for use on or after 1 July 2014.
  24. New version of guidance published for use on or after 6 April.
  25. First published.