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PHILIPPINE EMBASSY ADVISORY: UK Government Announces Changes to Student Visa Regulations 

15 February – UK Home Affairs Minister Alan Johnson announced on 10 February 2010 a number of changes to Tier 4 (Student Visa) Regulations under the UK Points-Based System of Migration (PBS).

The initial Ministerial announcement outlines broadly measures resulting from a comprehensive review of the Tier 4 scheme as relayed initially by Prime Minister Gordon Brown in November 2009. 

In the Ministerial Statement/Notes released by the UK Home Office, the UK Government announced the following modifications designed to achieve “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.”: 

  • Students will only be allowed to work during the school term for 10 hours a week instead of the present 20 hours a week
  • Students  registered in courses of six months or less can no longer bring dependants  with them to the UK
  • Students’ dependants are not permitted to work unless they qualify in their own right under Tier 1 (General) as a highly skilled migrant or as a skilled worker under Tier 2 (General worker, sportsperson or Minister of Religion)

The above changes will apply to adult students coming to the UK to study below degree level in the further education and English Language sectors.  These changes will not apply to students coming to the UK for a foundation degree (broadly the equivalent of the first 2 years of a Bachelor’s degree), courses at degree level or above, and those coming in as child students at independent (private) schools. 

Minister Johnson announced further that the changes will come into force on 03 March 2010 and all Tier 4 applications submitted on or after this date will be subject to the new restrictions. 

The Philippine Embassy reiterates its advice for all prospective applicants under Tier 4 to secure up-to-date information on new regulations, procedures, and requirements from the UK Embassy in Manila. END

Source: Philippine Embassy London

See also:

Foreign student working hours to be cut under new rules announced today

What students should do when their college Tier 4 Licence is suspended

Universities welcome Tier 4 student visa changes

OFW’s $17 billion remittances keep Philippine economy growing

Immigration officer challenges Home Secretary Alan Johnson on Entry Clearance for student visas

UK Border Agency launch final phase of Tier 4 replacing Visa Letters with CAS

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6 Responses to “Philippine Embassy Announcement on changes to UK Student Visa Regulations”
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  1. Speak to Philippine Embassy in London

  2. Rolan Tennyson says :

    Dear Sir or madam,
    My fiance (girl) is a Filippino living in te Metro area of Manila. We have decided we will make the Philipines our home. What visa requirements do I need before I can establish myself as a Filippino resident. Do I need to get married to her first for example? or, is there temporary visa valid for a period of time until we are married then a different visa thereafter?
    I look forward to your early reply.
    Thank you
    Roland Tennyson

  3. TOMMY TEMPERLEY says :

    DEAR SIR,MADAM
    MY FIANCE IS IN THE PHILIPINES AND I WANT TO BRING HER TO UK FOR A VISIT.PLEASE COULD YOU ADVISE ME ON THE PROCEDURE TO GET THE VISIT VISA

    TOMMY TEMPERLEY

  4. TOMMY TEMPERLEY says :

    DEAR SIR,MADAM
    I AM ENQUIRING TO YOU THE PROCEDURE TO GET MY FIANCE A VISIT VISA TO THE UK FROM THE PHILIPINES.PLEASE COULD YOU ADVISE ME.

    TOMMY TEMPERLEY

  5. michelle says :

    do we need an ielts For student visa for NVQ Program? thank you very much!

  6. confidential says :

    Know that these students from the Philippines are highly skilled registered nurses. Their attempt to use tier 4 for UK entry is the fastest and legal way in the hope of landing a job in UK as an RN. They should be granted visa if they prove the right to earn the 40 points. That is legitimate school and sufficient funding.

    Now, it is up for the UK govt to assess their qualifications after their studies because for sure these nurses wishes to stay using tier 1 or tier 2. Everything is legal. The bottom line is, if they are qualified, why make it so hard for them?

    The issue of interest here is reciprocal.

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