The Responsibilities of the University as a Highly Trusted Sponsor
In order to maintain the continued assurance of its Tier 4 Sponsor status with the Home Office, the University has the following responsibilities (but not exhaustively):
To only issue a ‘Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies’ (CAS) for visa purposes where:
- The University is satisfied that the student intends to follow the intended programme of study, and
- The University is satisfied that the student is able to follow the intended programme of study (including sufficient English language proficiency), and
- The University believes the student will meet the requirements of Tier 4, and
- The University believes the student is likely to comply with immigration conditions.
- If the Home Office does not grant visas to at least eight out of ten prospective students holding a University of Salford CAS, it can revoke the University’s Tier 4 Sponsor status on the grounds that it hasn't been properly checking applicants.
- To take and keep copies of all international students’ passports, immigration status documents, visas or Biometric Residence Permits.
- To carefully monitor each international student’s valid leave to remain in the UK, which includes (but not exhaustively) checking expiry dates of all students’ passports, immigration status documents, visas or Biometric Residence Permits.
- To maintain an up-to-date record of all Tier 4 sponsored students’ contact details.
- To hold a copy of a student’s Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) clearance certificate where required by the student’s programme of study or research.
- To check that students have registered in good time (i.e. within the defined registration period as set by the University’s regulations) and to report those Tier 4 sponsored students who fail to register on time to the Home Office. (N.B. this action will curtail those students’ valid leave to remain in the UK). The University of Salford can also lose its Tier 4 Sponsor status if more than 10% of its sponsored students don't actually arrive and register – a potential sign of students disappearing to work illegally.
- To monitor each Tier 4 sponsored student’s attendance and to report any unauthorised absences to the UKBA. Students missing a set number of expected interactions without authorisation will be withdrawn from their programme of study and reported to the Home Office within ten working days. Information on attendance monitoring processes can be obtained from your School Operations Manager.
- To report student deferrals, suspensions, withdrawals and terminations of study to the UKBA within ten working days. The University of Salford can also lose its Tier 4 Sponsor status if more than 10% of its sponsored students don't actually arrive and register – a potential sign of students disappearing to work illegally.
- To report any changes in circumstances to the Home Office, such as course transfers, placements and early completion, to the Home Office within ten working days.
- To notify the Home Office of any information that suggests a sponsored student is breaching the conditions of his/her immigration permission.
- To inform students that they must return home immediately after their sponsorship has come to an end or has been revoked early by the University or the Home Office.
To swiftly respond to requests for information from the Home Office and to grant full access to all records, University buildings, staff and sponsored students during official audits or unannounced compliance visits