Update: Tier 4 sponsor licence problems

23 October 2014

This news item is now out-of-date but we have left it on our site for historical interest. Please do not rely on its content as an accurate representation of the current situation.


In July 2014, we reported on problems faced by a number of institutions for whom the Home Office had suspended their Tier 4 sponsor licence, as well as two institutions whose CAS allocation powers had been frozen.

As an update to this on-going situation, we can let you know the following developments:

  • The University of West London and the University of Bedfordshire have, we understand, both had their CAS issuing powers reinstated, following the earlier freezing of these powers by the Home Office;
  • Glyndwr University appears to remain suspended from the Home Office register; and
  • In total, as at 22 October 2014, 54 private colleges have now had their Tier 4 sponsor licences fully revoked, or have surrendered their licence, since action started on 24 June this year.

More information and guidance

The Home Office web-page about approved English language tests continues to include guidance for students, in the form of a 'factsheet'. It also has a dedicated telephone number for queries: 0114 207 1688 (+44 114 207 1788 from outside the UK); open 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday, and 09:00 to 13:00 on Saturday (UK time).

And read UKCISA's information about the Sponsorship Working Group set-up to look into these issues.