Winchester based group the ‘Filipino Association in Central Hampshire’, headed by Glenbert Moday, welcomed Immigration Advisers UK to deliver a seminar last month on the problems faced by students when renewing their Tier 4 visas.
OISC registered Immigration Advisers Cynthia Barker, Evelie Padadac and Charles Kelly (all pictured), spent the day at Winchester University on Friday advising student members on the latest Tier 4 changes.
The date coincided with this week’s announcement by UK Home Secretary, Theresa May, of plans to reduce the number of student visas by up to 80,000.
The changes, set to be implemented on 6 April 2011, include allowing only students studying at universities and publicly funded colleges to work and bring their dependants.
After the seminar and lunch at Winchester University’s brand new cafeteria, the students had free one-to-one consultations with the advisers.
Glen said that the talk was ‘very useful’ and the students ‘learned a lot and now have a better idea where they stand’. He would definitely invite Bison UK back again at a future meeting.
Charles Kelly said afterwards:
“Many of the students were unaware of the ‘Established Presence’ rule and the effect this has on the amount of money needed at visa renewal.
“We also helped interpret the Tier 4 and Tier 2 changes, which were both announced in March.”
Cynthia Barker added:
“The group said the information was very informative, especially the new student visa working rules which made many of them reconsider staying with private colleges.
“The implications of the new student visa and Tier 2 working visa rules have not yet been fully grasped by migrant workers and students and we hope that the seminar went some way to unravelling some of the guidance.”
This week the UK Border Agency has published its ‘Statement of Intent and Transitional Measures’ for the student visa changes announced by the Home Secretary, Theresa May, on 22 March.
The document outlines details of the new guidance, effective 21 April 2011, and dates of implementation of other measures, including the new rules on student working hours. Source: Planet Philippines.
The UK Government hopes to ‘ensure a smooth transition with minimal disruption to sponsors’ recruitment plans and student decision making’.
The first round of implementation, including interim measures, was started by laying changes to the Immigration Rules before Parliament on 31 March, which will come into effect on 21 April 2011.
There will be further changes to the Immigration Rules taking effect in summer 2011, in April 2012 and by the end of 2012.
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Bison UK are running special free student visa seminars to advise students on the new Tier 4 changes and their renewal options.