International students at UK universities will only be able to extend their studies at the same academic level if they can prove it relates to their previous field of study. They will also need to prove they have more savings than before.
More than 300 individuals have been removed from the UK, 300 more will follow, and 65 private colleges have lost their Highly Trusted Status enabling them to recruit non-EU students as a result of a government crackdown on fraud.
Tier 4 policy changes being mooted by UKVI could have “catastrophic” effects for branch campuses and private providers. The Home Office has issued draft guidance on CAS issuance by universities for students enrolling at associated campuses or pathway providers.
The UK government has revoked the licence of 16 private colleges in its investigation into immigration fraud launched in June saying "If a college addresses the serious concerns we have identified, they may get their licence back; if not, we reserve the right to revoke it permanently."
The UK government has ended its licence agreement with ETS to provide Secure English Language Testing as required by UKVI. This means that TOEIC and TOEFL scores are no longer valid as proof of English level – ETS confirmed it made the decision after TOEIC fraud was uncovered in UK testing centres.