New student immigration system set to launch in the UK on 31st March 2009

The UK Government today announced the go-live date for the student tier of its new points-based system for migration.

From 31st March, students looking to study in the UK can apply for their visa through the new points-based system which will streamline the Student visa application process.

Under the new transparent system, students will need to prove that they have been accepted onto a course run by a UK Border Agency (UKBA) licensed education institution, prove that they have the means to support themselves and supply their biometric details at their local visa application centre.

If granted a visa, the new regulations allow international students to undertake part-time work of up to 20 hours per week during term time, full time work during the holidays as well as any course related work placements.

A UKBA spokesperson commented: “Thousands of international students choose to study in the UK every year. These changes to the visa application system will allow students to check whether they are eligible for a visa before they even apply, making the whole system more straightforward. We would urge anyone considering studying in the UK to visit the UKBA website now to familiarise themselves with the new regulations and ensure their application can be processed as quickly as possible.”

For the first time, all independent fee-paying schools, colleges and universities that want to accept international students to study with them now need a licence to do so. This will help the UK Government crack down on bogus colleges, something which will be welcome news to many international students, who can now be sure the language school, college or university they intend to study at is an approved educational institution. So far over a thousand UK institutions have signed up to sponsor international students.

About the UK Student Visa
Applying for a General Student visa or a Child Student visa under Tier4 is a simple process and should be done in the country of which you are a national or a legal resident. You can apply for a visa by post, in person or online. For your application to be successful you will need:

·  A current passport or travel document;

·  A visa letter from the institution you are planning to study at;

·  Proof of maintenance funds;

·  Evidence of any qualifications the sponsoring institution took account of when deciding to accept you for the course you plan to study;

·  Any other supporting documents relevant to your application.

You will also need to make an appointment at your nearest visa application centre to provide your biometric details (10 digit fingerscans and a digital photograph) as part of the application process.

The UK Border Agency will refuse your application and you may be banned from coming to the UK for 10 years if you use a false document, lie or withhold relevant information.

Students looking to study in the UK for six months or less, and who do not wish to take any employment while they are in the UK, or to extend their stay while they are in the country, can enter the UK on a student visitor visa.

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27 thoughts on “New student immigration system set to launch in the UK on 31st March 2009”

  1. Iam working as a staff nurse in Holy Family Hospital Rawalpindi Pakistan and i want to do job in UK. please give me full details how to apply as a staff nurse in UK. I have 12 years experience in Emergency Operation Theater. Iam waiting for your positive reply.

  2. “These amounts must be held in your personal bank account for a minimum period of 28 days. The end of that 28 day period must not be more than one month before the date of your application, for which you must show bank statements/other evidence.
    If you apply before 1 June 2009 you will only need to show proof that you have the money needed, on the day that you apply. You must still provide the correct documents to support your application.”
    I couldn’t get it sir can u plz simplify it a bit more..? and to tell you more sir i have opened an account on 21st of January and deposited it with the required amount on 9th of February. Furthermore sir i am expected to apply for the visa before 31st of March coz i haven’t received my offer letter yet. so plz also let me know if its ok to apply with this statement or not. Looking forward to yout reply.

  3. Dear SIr/Madam, I want to study in 1 of the UK college English course at Nottingam I have my family members they are near to this college they can support me but i want to ask that i have passed my 9th class Matric from Pakistan and nw i m in Kabul becoz i m Afghan so could u plz tell me if i have not passed my 12class or 10class will the embassy of London give me a tier 4 visa. .

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