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Three universities and 57 private colleges have been told they cannot sponsor any new international students in a major crackdown on suspect English language qualifications.
In a statement to the House of Commons on June 24, immigration minister James Brokenshire said he was taking the action in the light of “detailed and wide-ranging investigation into actions by organized criminals to falsify English language tests for student visa applicants”.
It follows a BBC Panorama exposed in February, which revealed systematic cheating in tests from an organization called the Educational Testing Service (ETS). More than 29,000 invalid results and 19,000 questionable results had been identified so far, though “it is likely that the true totals will be higher,” said Brokenshire, who condemned the organized criminality behind the fraud.Read More »Three UK varsities, 57 colleges banned from sponsoring international students
The United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP), in partnership with the US Mission to Pakistan, inaugurated Fulbright Centre at the Forman Christian College (FCC) on Thursday in order to promote opportunities for students interested in studying in the US.
USEFP Executive Director Rita Akhtar, FCC Rector Dr James Tebbe, the Beaconhouse National University (BNU) Faculty of Liberal Arts dean and a number of former Fulbright scholars were present on occasion.
The centre’s facilities for students include an Education USA advising centre, where advisers are available to provide unbiased and accurate information free of cost to students who hope to study in the US. Read More »USEFP launches Fulbright Centre at FC College Lahore
The British High Commission (BHC) has announced that applicants from Pakistan applying for the UK have to pay the visa fee through an online process from today (Monday) to onwards. Head of Visa section BHC Margaret Partridge announced while inaugurating the online services in Islamabad. “As part of the UK government’s Digital by Default initiative, this move will help cut costs and help keep visa fees down,” a statement quoted her as saying. She said that it would also be a safer system for customers as it reduces the risk associated with handling large amounts of Read More »Pakistani applicants to pay UK visa fee online
Pakistani businessmen, students and visitors now can yield ample opportunities in the United Kingdom (UK) by taking up corporate internships after completing their degree as the UK government has finally relaxed some immigration rules, globally.
Similarly, Pakistani visitors, who plans to visit UK on a business or a tourist visa can now do some study which was earlier prohibited as the UK government has allowed employees of the companies to undertake corporate training in the UK delivered by an external company or do a short course of study. Further, changes to the intra company transfer (ICT) route will enable employees already on this visa to extend it without having to take a language test.Read More »UK eases immigration rules for students, businessmen
LONDON: Britain is planning to force visitors from India, Pakistan, Nigeria and other countries whose nationals are deemed to pose a “high risk” of immigration abuse to provide a cash bond before they can enter the country, a report said Sunday.
The Sunday Times newspaper said that from November, a pilot scheme would target visitors from those three countries plus Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Ghana. Visitors aged 18 and over would be forced to hand over £3,000 ($4,600, 3,500 euros) from November for a six-month visit visa. They will forfeit the money if they overstay in Britain after their visa has expired. Initially the scheme will target hundreds of visitors, but the plan is to extend it to several thousand, according to the broadsheet’s front-page report.Read More »UK plans visa bonds for Pakistanis
The Fulbright Programme in Pakistan has started accepting applications for 2014.
The US government’s flagship scholarship programme awards full scholarships to deserving Pakistani students who wish to complete their Masters or PhD, in a field of their choice, in universities across the United States. These scholarships cover tuition fee, textbooks, airfare, a stipend and health insurance.Read More »ISLAMABAD: Fulbright scholarships open for 2014
Top British businessmen have urged British Prime Minister David Cameron to remove Pakistani students from official immigration figures to avoid choking off a valuable source of wealth and skills.
The businessmen warned that visa restrictions designed to bring net immigration below 100,000 a year would deter wealthy foreigners from outside the European Union.Read More »LONDON: UK businessmen want removal of Pak students from immigration stats
* Study shows 48 percent non-credible applicants granted visa in Pakistan
By Asif Mehmood (Daily Times)
LONDON: Getting a UK visa is going to become an up-hill task for Pakistani students, as they would have to go through assessment interviews in the future, Daily Times has learnt. The decision was taken after a British Home Office study found out that 48 percent of those granted visas in Pakistan were not credible applicants.Read More »UK to interview Pakistan students seeking visa
* Immigrants wanting to live in UK will have to learn first verse of UK national anthem
By Asif Mehmood (Daily Times)
LONDON: The British government is planning to make changes in the citizenship test according to which immigrants wanting to live in the UK will have to learn the first verse of the national anthem, the UK Home Office has announced.
Citizenship test known as “Life in the UK”, introduced by the Labour government in 2005, is compulsory for everybody who wants to become a British citizen. Read More »UK planning changes to citizenship test