Challenge to the recent Tier 4 student immigration changes

On Monday (15 August) the Association of UK Private Schools and Colleges was granted permission by the High Court to bring a judicial review claim concerning the Government's plans to tighten restrictions on the migration of non-EEA students under Tier 4 of the points based system.

The Home Secretary announced earlier this year that the Government would be introducing radical changes to the student visa system which would include tightening up language requirements, restricting rights of students of private institutions to work and making it more difficult for students to stay in the UK after graduation with the closure of the Tier 1 route.

The Association has challenged those changes on the grounds that they are arbitrary and disproportionate. It will need to persuade the court that the changes introduced by the Government were unreasonable for the claim to succeed. We will report on the outcome here when it is published.