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Created 05 April 2022 07:58
I'm hoping experts out there can advise on residency eligibility for 16-19 funding, as it rarely comes up with learners applying to us. Young person with an EHCP, born in India, moved to Canada for several years, them family moved to UK in 2015. My understanding is having been here 3 years is eligible for ESFA funding. I'm aware of recent audits where auditors said EHCP itself was not sufficient evidence. 2 questions: With more than 3 years in UK can someone confirm eligibility, and should I ask for more evidence/self declaration over and above ECHP states family moved to UK in 2015, and if so what? Thanks to anyone who can help!
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The guidance requires:
05 April 2022 08:19
Effectively any 16-19 year old who is legally in the country will be fundable, it's just about finding the right bit (usually of para 40) that applies to them!
So, in this situation, I'd want to see their visa, assuming they don't have a UK passport. I'd guess it's a dependant leave to remain (if they're with their family), although if they've been here 7 years, it could be all sorts of things (up to and including Indefinite Leave to Remain or Citizenship)...
Depending on what that tells you will tell you which of the categories they fall into.
05 April 2022 08:44
"Effectively any 16-19 year old who is legally in the country will be fundable, it's just about finding the right bit (usually of para 40) that applies to them!"
Unless they came to the UK specifically to study, without accompanying family, and they'll likely be on a student visa. But yes, 16-18 year olds are almost always very straightforward to assess.
05 April 2022 09:22
Sorry Martin, which version of the guidance is that? Doesn't look like Study Prog where P40 is all of the exceptions...
And thanks for the clarification Ruth!
05 April 2022 11:13
Sorry, this was from version 1 but ver. 2 has updated student eligibility advice for EU and EEA students in paragraphs 30 to 31 and in paragraphs 38 to 40 excepting for this the guidance is the same for Foreign nationals in that you will need evidence of immigration status.
06 April 2022 06:24
Good Afternoon All, following on from this ... I have been asked about a 16-18 year old Ukrainian refugee for September 23 start (they will not have been in the UK for the past 3 years). Do I have it correct they can be funded on a study programme, we would just need to see their Home Office documentation that outlines their status (refugee status)?
06 April 2022 13:57
They won't have Refugee status by then (none of the Afghans who arrived a year ago have Refugee status yet), HOWEVER they are definitely fundable, see slide 42 on the Student Eligibility and Funding Advice slide set here (only added yesterday!):
And, yes, you'll just need to see their Home Office paperwork.
06 April 2022 14:23
Do you know where we stand with anyone 19+, would the same apply, as long as they could provide documentation they could bypass the 3 year rule?
26 April 2022 14:31