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UK Restrictions on Student Visas may affect Indian Students

UK planned to restrict student visas by over 25 per cent a year; a reduction of close to 80,000 visas.
  • As per new rules which would come into effect from April, applicants have to demonstrate a higher knowledge of English than is required currently and only those sponsored by an accredited institution will be allowed to come in.
  • Students at private colleges will be barred from taking up work during study and there will be restrictions on work placements in courses outside universities. However, those at public-funded universities and colleges will retain their current work rights,
  • The overall time that can be spent on a student visa at degree or higher levels will be limited to five years. At present, there is no time limit for study at this level.
  • The current system, which allows students two years to seek employment after their course ends, will be abolished and only graduates who have an offer of a skilled job from a sponsoring employer under Tier 2 of the points-based system will be allowed to stay on.
  • There will also be restrictions on bringing in dependants. Only postgraduate students at universities and government-sponsored students will be able to bring their dependants. At present, all students on longer courses can bring their dependants.
Home Secretary might have felt that this package will stop bogus students studying meaningless courses at fake colleges and will protect their world-class institutions.
Published date : 25 Mar 2011 04:17PM

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