Student visa rules: further changes come into effect

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On 4th July 2011, further changes to the student visa rules have come into effect. These are part of wider UK Government’s changes to the visa policy for non-EU students, with the first set of changes having been introduced on 21 April 2011.

The changes to Tier 4 that take effect from 4 July are:

  • Restricted work entitlements: only those sponsored by higher education institutions (HEIs) and publicly funded further education colleges will be allowed to work part-time during term time and full time during vacations.
  • Restricting sponsorship of dependants to those of students sponsored by HEIs on post-graduate courses lasting 12 months or longer and of government-sponsored students on courses lasting longer than 6 months.
  • Institutions are required to confirm that any new courses represent genuine academic progression from the previous course studied in the UK.
  • A streamlined application process for so-called “low risk nationals” sponsored by Highly Trusted Sponsors.

There will be further changes to Tier 4 which will come into effect in 2011 and in April 2012.

Read more:
Points-based System Tier 4 Student visa application guide (UKBA website, now updated)

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