Monday, 13 June 2011

New Policy Update - Student Visa Process, Next set of changes from 4th July 2011.

The next set of changes to the Immigration Rules affecting Tier 4 - the student tier - of the points-based system has been laid in Parliament today. The changes will come into effect on 4 July 2011.

The aim of the revised Immigration Rules is to deliver a strong migration system which tackles immigration abuse, while allowing genuine students to study at genuine colleges.


From 4 July UKBA will:
  • Restrict work entitlements to migrants studying at higher educational institutions (HEIs) and publicly funded further education colleges only;
  • Restrict the sponsorship of dependants to those studying at postgraduate level at HEIs on courses lasting at least 12 months, and government-sponsored students on courses lasting at least 6 months;
  • Require education providers to vouch that a new course represents genuine academic progression;
  • Ensure that maintenance funds are genuinely available to the applicant, by introducing a declaration on the visa application form;
  • Commit to publish a list of financial institutions, on the basis of experience, which do not verify financial statements in more than 50 per cent of a sample of cases;
  • Introduce a streamlined application process for low-risk nationals applying to attend courses with Highly Trusted Sponsors;
  • Extend the list of courses for which students must receive ATAS clearance;
  • Restrict the ability to deliver accountancy courses accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) to those sponsors accorded platinum or gold status by ACCA; and
  • Clarify the position of overseas universities with campuses in the UK.
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