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    Hello everyone,

    I will start by apologizing as I have a very big issue and I need to explain it in detail for everyone who reads to clearly understand.

    I started applying for Student loan and grant as a migrant worker since the second year, and now I am currently in the 3rd year. I have made the online application to SFE in July last year and they approved it without asking me for any work evidence and successfully received the 1st 2 installments. Three weeks ago I receive a letter from SFE saying that they've blocked my payments as I am not a student anymore.

    Called Uni and they confirmed I am and they didn't send anything to SFE. When I called SFE they said it's a totally different reason for that: I haven't provided evidence of employment.

    After this conversation I did send them the last 3 months payslips but now they told me I need to send again before the release of the 3rd installment.

    The fact is that I am working for a very good company for the past 2 years through an agency, because they only require staff full-time. This year, as last year, between January - March the work volume is very low and since I have a 0 hours contract they haven't offered me any work.

    SFE says this is anciliary work, but I am available to work as always, I have text messages from the agency saying that "there is no work for this week".

    I am working a day or two every week and even though it seems not enough, they do pay very well and starting from March I will start working normal. Even if I am looking for another job, I won't be able to find anything better.

    My question is: is it possible to loose my Migrant Worker Status this way? I have earned this tax year 6500 pounds and I think it is pretty obvious is not a mock job (it has economic value) and I am available to work thus I am not voluntary unemployed and technically I am not unemployed as I am waiting to be assigned work

    Secondly what happens if I loose this status? Does it mean I won't get even the tuition fee to finish my year?(tuition fee payment status is: blocked)

    I am really having the worst time of my life and every little help is very much appreciated.

    Thank you!
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    Hi LDaniel

    We require evidence before each terms payments can be made to show you are continuing to work throughout your studies.

    You must be able to show you are in employment which is effective and genuine and not of a scale which would be considered marginal or infrequent where they would not be able to support themselves financially. Without this you may not be able to continue as a migrant worker.

    Please send any evidence to:
    EEA Migrant Worker Team,
    Student Finance England
    PO Box 89
    Darlington
    DL1 9AZ

    Thanks
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    (Original post by Mark Lee - SFE Official Adviser)
    Hi LDaniel

    We require evidence before each terms payments can be made to show you are continuing to work throughout your studies.

    You must be able to show you are in employment which is effective and genuine and not of a scale which would be considered marginal or infrequent where they would not be able to support themselves financially. Without this you may not be able to continue as a migrant worker.

    Please send any evidence to:
    EEA Migrant Worker Team,
    Student Finance England
    PO Box 89
    Darlington
    DL1 9AZ

    Thanks
    Thank you very much for taking the time to reply. Until now I received only ambiguous answers. Despite the fact that I am having a period o time without working or not working enough, earning £8000 pounds from a job in a tax year, would you consider marginal ?

    The thing that I am afraid of, when SFE is going to assess my application is that they will look for the hours worked each week and won't consider the above fact which demonstrates a genuine work that can fully support myself with rent/food and other expenses throught my time at Uni.

    Thank you again
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    Hi LDaniel

    When the migrant worker assessors get all of your evidence they will look into it for you. I can't confirm that the evidence will be accepted, it would need to be assessed firstly.

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    Hi, is it somewhere a legislation where is stipulated what means effective and genuine employment in terms of earning?I found the following web site, but not sure if this apply to students: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/minimum-earnings-threshold-for-eea-migrants-introduced .
    And as well I have read that 12 hrs / week will be enough to proof that you work while you're student...
 
 
 
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