You can apply for Tier 4 sponsor licence if you are an education provider and wish to sponsor Tier 4 students. A Tier 4 sponsor licence is valid for four years from the date it is granted, unless it is revoked or surrendered.

Academies and schools maintained by a local authority, including those with sixth forms, cannot hold a Tier 4 licence or sponsor students under Tier 4. If the Home Office, UKVI receives an application for a Tier 4 licence from such an educational establishment, the Home Office, UKVI will reject it and refund the fee.

Requirements of Tier 4 sponsor licence

To be issued a Tier 4 licence, an education provider must be:

  • a genuine education provider that has acceptable educational quality standards, and is operating lawfully in the UK, complying with all appropriate rules and regulations;
  • considered eligible and suitable to hold a Tier 4 licence; and
  • capable of carrying out its duties as a sponsor.

An education provider must meet these criteria in order to be granted a Tier 4 licence, and continue to meet them in order to retain its licence. In order to establish whether or not an education provider meets these
criteria, UKVI will consider a number of factors, including (but not limited to) its history and background, the Key Personnel named on its application and anyone involved in the day-to-day running of the organisation.

The Home Office, UKVI views any history of dishonest conduct or immigration crime, either by the relevant organisation as a corporate entity, or by individuals in the organisation, seriously and may refuse an application solely on the basis that such activities have taken place. The Home Office, UKVI will also look at an education provider's policies and processes, including how student attendance is monitored, to ensure it will be able to fulfil its sponsorship duties. The Home Office, UKVI may visit an education provider before making a decision on its application for a Tier 4 licence. If the Home Office, UKVI has significant doubts about the ability of an education provider to fulfil its sponsorship duties after visiting it, it may refuse its application.

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Our expert UK immigration lawyer will guide you through every step of the Tier 4 sponsor licence application process.

Our fixed fee

We will charge a fixed fee from £2000 for our professional legal services in relation to your Tier 4 sponsor licence application.

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Contact Rex Law Chambers, if you have any questions or need legal help with any UK immigration law related matter. At Rex Law Chambers, we specialise in a wide range of UK visas and nationality applications and our principal immigration lawyer has wealth of experience and expert knowledge to deal with all types of UK visas and immigration applications. He has successfully handled many complex and high-profile cases and also represented clients in their immigration matters.

We can provide one-off FREE general legal advice via live chat or our "Enquiry Form". The FREE advice does not cover the advice in relation to complex legal issues or advice about documents to be submitted in support of the application. If you would like to to get detailed legal advice then please schedule an in-person, Zoom, Skype or phone consultation by using our "Appointment Request Form".

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