STUDENT SPONSOR COMPLIANCE
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A sponsor, in addition to its duties, is required to apply for a Basic Compliance Assessment (BCE) every 12 months. This is regardless of the length of time it has taken UKVI to reach a decision on a previous application. It is solely the sponsor’s duty to ensure the application is made on time and failing to do so will often result in the sponsorship licence being revoked. Applications and payment for the assessment can be made through the SMS.
What are the Student Sponsor compliance requirements
When UKVI carries out a BCE, it will assess the sponsor on the core requirements.
Here is the Guidance for Educational Organisations to comply with the requirements set up by Home Office. The sponsor must have:
A visa refusal rate of less than 10%. This means that of all the CAS the education provider has assigned and that students have relied upon to support a visa application, the total number of applications that have been refused by UKVI is less than 10%.
An enrolment rate of at least 90%. This means that of all the students that have been assigned CAS and subsequently granted entry clearance or permission to stay, at least 90% have enrolled on their course within the enrolment period.
A course completion rate of at least 85%. This means that at least 85% of enrolled sponsored students have completed their course.
When to apply for Basic Compliance Assessment
A sponsor must apply for a Basic Compliance Assessment every 12 months.
It must do this regardless of how long it took UKVI to decide whether or not it has passed a previous assessment, or whether UKVI was able to reach a conclusion on the previous application.
A sponsor passing a Basic Compliance Assessment does not preclude UKVI from later considering the same sponsor to be non-compliant, and in breach of its sponsorship duties.
If a sponsor does not apply for a Basic Compliance Assessment within these timescales, UKVI will begin revocation action. The sponsor will be removed from the Register of Student Sponsors and given 20 working days to make representations against the revocation decision
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