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Fraud, tricks and scams

Its the time of the season where a lot of people fall the victims of fraud and scams. This pages helps you to understand especially when it comes to UK Visas, what to look for and the use of the Home Office names. The UK Home Office know that criminals around the world are trying to use the Home Office name to steal money from people. They use a number of tricks, often known as ‘scams’. This page tells you about the tricks we know about and gives you advice on protecting yourself. If you receive an unexpected email, telephone call or letter from someone who claims to be from the Home Office, it may be a scam. Home Office will never contact you to ask for money or your personal details. 1.How the fraudsters may contact you Home Office know that criminals are: telephoning people in the UK and other countries; using websites to offer fake services; using email addresses that look official but are not. 2.Tricks they use The criminals try to make you believe that they can offer you something very easily, such as a visa for the UK, or that there is a problem with your application...

Statement of changes announced on the 29th October 2015

Statement of changes announced on the 29th October 2015, has now been in force since 19th November 2015. These changes are on top of the full implementation of the Immigration Act 2014. As most people are aware now, one of the main changes was the removal of the right of appeal and appeal rights are limited. Applications that are refused by the Home Office can only be challenged through an administrative review. In our experience, administrative review do not, in our view, a right way to challenge the decision, as sometimes the decision can be biased. It is not independent, so how can the system be fair? Therefore, there has been, unsurprisingly, an increase to decisions being challenged through the "judicial review" process. Judicial review is a type of court proceeding in which a judge reviews the lawfulness of a decision or action made by a public body. In other words, judicial reviews are a challenge to the way in which a decision has been made, rather than the rights and wrongs of the conclusion reached. It is not really concerned with the conclusions of that process and whether those were ‘right’, as long as the right procedures have been followed. The court will...

Tier 4 Student Visa Requirements | ICS Legal

UK Tier 4 Student Visa  Requirements | ICS Legal UK Student Visa (Tier 4) Requirements International students from outside the UK or EU must apply for a student visa. You can only apply for a student visa if you intend to study a full-time degree course in the UK. Student visas are not issued for part-time courses. Your eligibility is calculated using a points-based rules system called a Tier 4 Student Visa. Your course You can do a course that’s one of the following: full-time leading to a qualification that’s at least level 6 on the Ofqual register; an overseas course of degree level study that’s equal to a UK higher education course and is being run by an overseas higher education institution; full-time, with at least 15 hours per week of organised daytime study, leading to a qualification which is at least level 3 on the Ofqual register; a recognised foundation programme as a postgraduate doctor or dentist. Postgraduate doctors and dentists You can apply for this visa if you’re sponsored to do a recognised foundation programme and you’ve: finished a recognised UK degree in medicine or dentistry; received that degree from a registered Tier 4 sponsor; spent your final...