The UK border Agency has published changes to the Immigration Rules on 9 March, which will take effect on 31 March.
The changes will introduce the new Tier 4 route for students, as well as changing the academic and financial requirements of the Tier 1 for highly skilled workers.
The UK’s points-based system will be expanded at the end of March to include adult and child students, while highly skilled workers from outside Europe will have to meet stricter criteria to come work in Britain.
The change to the Tier 1 follows the Home Secretary’s announcement on 22 February on new measures to “raise the bar” for foreign workers wishing to enter the United Kingdom.
In a written ministerial statement, Immigration Minister Phil Woolas said:
“We recognise the contribution that international students make to the UK economy and the benefits that encouraging overseas students brings in terms of diffusing British values and fostering a positive view of the UK overseas.
“However, the new system will tighten controls over students who are applying for courses with work placements, ensuring they are not used as a way to gain employment.”
The new system will also attempt to prevent adult students studying low level courses for long periods of time.
If you have a pending student visa application or have completed you VAF online, the application should be considered under the current rules, not Tier 4.
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