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. Assalam-O-Alikun,
    im adil from islamabad pakistan….i want to know from anyone that …my documents are ready now to apply for UK tier-4 student visa ……..problem is that my bank statemebt has 12 lac in it which i have recently added…and it will complete 28 days for statement on 12th DEC 2010…i want to ask that my classes are starting in 3rd jan 2011… so i will only have 20 days if i apply on (12th DEC 2010 to 3rd JAN 2011) can i apply early without waiting for my bank statement 28 days completion???? i mean can i apply befire 12th DEC 2010………will they refuse visa on that????
    and someone told me they have started TB test for pakistani students going to uk………is that true???
    and when TB test expire???

  2. Hello,
    I need to know the current requirements for the UK student visa.Ielts is compulsory or not if yes how much minimum band is required for ACCA program.

    I am waiting for your reply



    Hello Sir, Madam
    I am MUHAMMAD RAMEEZ IBRAR and i submitted my visa application on dates 02/07/2010 with refrence number isl/020710/131885/1 my calsses will start on 09/08/2010 but still i have not recieve my passport, i am too much worried about it . Please help me out and guide me i am very thank full to you

  4. Dear Sir,

    I need to know the current requirements for Student Visa UK.

    IELTS is compulsory or not. If yes then how much minimum band required for Post graduate Program.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Thanks & regards.

  5. Muhammad imran pervez

    hello dear sir or madam,
    i was submit my passport no aj3991481with call letter .by date 20may2009 .after 10months im still wiating for my passport and visa;?
    please try to understand me i m already lost my four years because of this case please safe my future now my future is in your hands .
    please sir give me a visa ?
    i will realy thankfull to you.

    passport no; AJ 3991481
    islamabad ref no; {83}1208450
    date of birth ; 14-03-1983
    contact no; 03009460389

  6. sallam,

    i have applied for student visa approx 5 years back, and i was refused because of bogus educational documents, this disappointment happen cuz of a bad consultant advice, i want to apply again through tier 4 procedure and i want to clear my image infront of BDHC ,please help me out with necessary guideline.

  7. Sir i want to know about that may i can apply for UK’s student visa under new tier 4 policy, as i refused in March 2007 under the paragraph 57 and 320(21)of the Immigration Rules (as amended by HC 164),
    Sir i was a genuine student & no documents was fake but it is pain full for me that how i refused?

    My case reference was ISB/1304902

    Please reply me soon.
    Thanking you in anticipation.

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