UKBA Visa Applicants news
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
Tier 4: Student visas
The Secretary of State for the Home Department (the Rt Hon Alan Johnson):
Following the Prime Minster’s announcement of a review of Tier 4 (the student route under our Points Based System for controlling migration) on 12 November 2009, I am today announcing a balanced and targeted package of measures to tackle the abuse of Tier 4 by economic migrants whilst at the same time continuing to safeguard the ability of genuine international students to come to the UK to benefit from our world class education system and bring benefit to our economy. more.....
"The latest proposals are a response to the moves by people who are trying to get round the system."
Under the measures, effective immediately:
• Successful applicants from outside the EU will have to speak English to a level only just below GCSE standard, rather than beginner level as at present
• Students taking courses below degree level will be allowed to work for only 10 hours a week, instead of 20 as at present
• Those on courses which last under six months will not be allowed to bring dependants into the country, while the dependants of students on courses below degree level will not be allowed to work
• Additionally, visas for courses below degree level with a work placement will also be granted only if the institutions they attend are on a new register, the Highly Trusted Sponsors List.
ID Cards for Foreign Nationals
The UKBA has recently introduced a scheme of compulsory ID cards for Foreign Nationals as part of it's policy to improve security and reduce illegal immigration. This scheme applies to non EEA nationals who are applying for Leave to Remain in the UK. more.....
Ramesh Dewan stresses importance of overseas students to UK economy......
Last Updated Friday, 27 August 2010 11:05