Tier 4 sponsorship arrangements for foundation dentists

Under the points based immigration system introduced in April 2009, non-EEA citizens graduating from UK dental schools who wish to undertake a period of foundation training fall into the Tier 4 category.

Dental graduates wishing to apply for a Tier 4 visa in order to undertake a period of dental foundation training will require sponsorship from Health Education England working across the West Midlands, who is licensed by the UKVI to act as Tier 4 sponsor on behalf of all the UK Postgraduate Dental Deans and Directors.

How to apply for sponsorship

In order to apply for sponsorship foundation dentists must contact the Overseas Sponsorship Team at tier4dental@hee.nhs.uk to request a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number.

The CAS number is not an entitlement to work in the UK. The CAS number is required by the UKVI as part of the foundation dentist’s application for a Tier 4 visa. The application form for a Tier 4 visa can be found on the UKVI website (please ensure you use the most up to date version, otherwise you risk your application being refused).

Behaviour that could result in removal of the Tier 4 visa

The Tier 4 sponsor is required to report any individual contravening the requirements of Tier 4 status to the UKVI who may then carry out further investigations that could result in the removal of a foundation dentist’s Tier 4 visa.

An agreement exists between Health Education England working across the West Midlands and all the local LETB/PGDDs that covers the management of Foundation Dentists working under a Tier 4 visa and procedures are in place for deaneries to monitor activity and report any activity that contravenes the requirements of the Tier 4 status.

Behaviour that could result in the removal of a foundation dentist’s Tier 4 visa includes:-

  • Unauthorised absence from the training programme
  • Moving to part-time or flexible training
  • Leaving the training programme
  • Accepting employment outside the training programme
  • Failure to notify the LETB/PGDD of significant changes to personal circumstances

Any queries regarding the sponsorship application process should be directed to tier4dental@hee.nhs.uk

Any queries regarding immigration regulations should be directed to www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk