UK Visa

UK to interview Pakistan students seeking visa

* 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

UK to implement global changes to visa rules

ISLAMABAD: The United Kingdom (UK) Border Agency (UKBA) will implement new global changes to the immigration rules for those aspiring to work or study in the UK, read a British High Commission press release issued on Friday.

Full details of the changes, which come into effect on April 6, could be found on the UKBA’s website. These changes would not be applied to marriage settlement applications.

The UKBA is also introducing new measures to help improve the level of customer service to applicants from Pakistan, including a new online application system and a priority visa service.Read More »UK to implement global changes to visa rules

Under-21 foreign spouses can go to UK now

LONDON: Foreign spouses will be able to enter the UK from the age of 18 after the courts ruled that banning under-21s was not a lawful way of dealing with the problem of forced marriages.

Immigration Minister Damian Green told MPs the Government would revert to the lower age limit from November 28. The measure will benefit many Pakistani young spouses who had been affected by the ban imposed by the coalition government. One of the two families who challenged the ban were Pakistanis. Read More »Under-21 foreign spouses can go to UK now

UK student visa; Changes to cut abuses, raise standards

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Tough new rules and enforcement action to stop abuse of the student visa system and to protect legitimate students from being misled by questionable institutions has led to over 450 education providers in the UK that will no longer be able to sponsor new international students.

In total these colleges could have brought more than 11,000 students into the UK to study each year.

New UK Border Agency regulations have significantly raised the standards education providers must meet before they can bring international students to the UK. So far, over 400 colleges have lost their right to recruit international students after they failed to sign up for the new inspection system. As well as cutting abuse, the new standards will help ensure that genuine international students receive the highest quality education.Read More »UK student visa; Changes to cut abuses, raise standards

Conservatives aim to crack down on UK visas for Pak, Indian students

* Tory plan will require some students to hand over £2,000 bond
* Foreign students would be banned from switching courses

A proposal for clamping down on visas to foreign students, particularly Pakistan and Afghanistan, that includes requirements for some student applicants to hand over an annual £2,000 bond and a tightening of colleges entitled to sponsor students, was likely to be proposed on Friday by the British shadow home secretary, Chris Grayling, The Guardian reported.Read More »Conservatives aim to crack down on UK visas for Pak, Indian students

Islamabad: British Council holds event for UK-bound students

UK-bound students got a lively pre-departure informational event organized by the British Council and sponsored by Etihad Airways and Gerry’s Travels in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.

The event was held to brief students on what to expect from their time spent living and studying in the UK as university students, said a statement issued here on Friday.Read More »Islamabad: British Council holds event for UK-bound students

Disruption and possible delays to UK Border Agency visa processing in Pakistan

14 July 2009:

 The UK Border Agency in London is responsible for making decisions on settlement visa applications made in Pakistan. The Pakistan team in London will be moving offices on 20 July 2009. There will be no change to the service provided by Gerry’s International during this time; but there will be some disruption to UK Border Agency visa application processing. There is a backlog of visa applications that the UK Border Agency is working hard to reduce.Read More »Disruption and possible delays to UK Border Agency visa processing in Pakistan

Points-based system for UK visa: Revised policy guidance for tier 4 of the points-based system and for PBS dependants

Revised versions of the policy guidance for tier 4 of the points-based system, and of the PBS dependants policy guidance, have now been published.

The key changes that are included in the revised guidance are highlighted below:Read More »Points-based system for UK visa: Revised policy guidance for tier 4 of the points-based system and for PBS dependants