For years, UK immigration law, applicable to overseas students, was simple and clear: a student needed a place at school, college, or university, as well as sufficient funds for tuition and maintenance, in order for immigration permission to be routinely issued. Then, the UK's Home Office re-cast the law, basing it on a points-based system. The idea was that it would make immigration law transparent and objective and, as a result, even simpler and clearer. In contrast however, it appears to have muddied the waters and forced education providers to act as agents for the Home Office. Never before has there been a greater need for prospective students and education providers in the UK to understand and comply with the law and procedure applicable to all levels of study. Students and education providers must now pick their way with great care through a minefield of detailed and constantly changing regulation. Already, student refusals are at an all time high and education providers are realizing that if they do not subscribe to the scheme, satisfy all requirements, and play the role of quasi-Home Office agent, they may even face bankruptcy. This book is a concise guide to the legal procedures that must now be navigated by overseas students in order to study in the UK.