CHANGES TO STUDENT VISA RULES

posted 25 Jul 2011, 07:20 by Mehdi Asili   [ updated 25 Jul 2011, 07:26 ]
Posted on 13 June 2011

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 that we consider, on the basis of experience, do not verify financial statements to our satisfaction 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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