Statement regarding Newman University’s Tier 4 sponsorship licence for international students

Updated on: 26/04/2017

Alison John, Director of Corporate Marketing at Newman University, said: "It is with regret that I can confirm that the Home Office has revoked Newman University’s Tier 4 sponsorship licence for international students.

"The revocation means the university is no longer able to sponsor international Tier 4 students from outside the EU, although Erasmus and other Visa category students remain unaffected.

"The action has been taken on the basis of just two visa rejections by UK Visa & Immigration (UKVI). 

"In order to study at UK universities, international students need to secure a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) from their chosen university. This is then submitted to UKVI as part of their visa application.

"Higher Education institutions sponsoring international students are subject to a 10% CAS refusal threshold in order to maintain their sponsorship licence.

"As a smaller university, we issued less than 20 CASs over the last 12 months, meaning just two rejections was enough to trigger the 10% threshold.  This is in contrast with larger universities, which may have several hundred CAS refusals before the 10% threshold is crossed.

"At Newman, we value the presence of international students and take our duties as Tier 4 sponsors very seriously. Prior to issuing a CAS, we undertake all necessary checks – in accordance with the Home Office Sponsorship Guide – to minimise the risk of refusals. We have a 100% enrolment rate among international students and have never had a student abscond during the course of their studies.

"We will seek to regain our Tier 4 licence at the earliest opportunity. However, our immediate priority is to support our current Tier 4 international students.  Those students affected by the change have been informed of the situation and we are working with them to enable them to complete their studies with as little disruption as possible."

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