Tier 4 visa pilot extended for a further year

We’re delighted to have been advised this week that the Home Office Tier 4 pilot scheme has been extended for a third year. The scheme, which gives one-year master's students the opportunity to benefit from a streamlined visa application process, is highly valued by participants and remains an attractive offer for eligible international applicants.

The Home Office, the UK government department responsible for immigration, selected just four British universities - Bath, Cambridge, Imperial and Oxford - to take part in the pilot scheme, originally intended to run for two years.

It has now been confirmed that it will continue to run for the University of Bath for a third consecutive year and will therefore benefit all our students applying for a visa to study master's courses lasting up to 13 months and starting in 2018.

There are two important benefits for students:

  • while students are still required to meet the Tier 4 Immigration Rules, the need to supply certain supporting documents with the Tier 4 visa application has been removed, making the process more streamlined.
  • students will be granted six months' additional leave, rather than the usual four months, to remain in the UK after completing their studies.

The visa is typically valid until April of the following year, which provides more time to switch to a work visa, undertake an internship or even to explore more of the UK. Our excellent Careers Service provides a further resource to students throughout this period.

The Home Office selected this small group of universities based upon its high regard for our effectiveness in supporting students get their Tier 4 visa. One of the stated intentions of the pilot is to enable the UK to attract the "brightest and best" talent, and the University of Bath has the same intention.