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Following the UK Home Secretary’s consultation on the reform of the student immigration system last December, the government has today announced a crackdown on student visa abuse and the closure of the popular Tier 1 post study work visa next year.

Tier 4 sponsors were informed of a number of changes by the UK Border Agency and Home Secretary Theresa May made an announcement in Parliament this afternoon.

May plans to slash the number of student visas by up to 80,000 following a series of measures including: 

  • Limits on the number of hours student can work
  • Increased language requirements
  • Restrictions of dependants
  • Ending the post study work visa from April 2012

In a notice to sponsors the UK Border Agency outlined a number of changes: 

  • A limit on the overall time that can be spent on a student visa to three years at lower levels, as now, and five years at higher levels, with exceptions for students studying for professional qualifications or a PhD;
  • Only the very best international graduates being allowed to stay on and contribute to the UK economy.
  • Current arrangements for international students who graduate in the UK are seen as ‘overly generous’.  So government will ‘close the Post Study Work route from April 2012’.
  • Those graduating from a UK university with a recognised degree, PGCE, or PGDE will be able to switch into Tier 2.

The UKBA website has summarised the main changes: 

  • From April 2012, any institution wanting to sponsor students will need to be classed as a Highly Trusted sponsor, and will need to become accredited by a statutory education inspection body by the end of 2012. The current system does not require this, and has allowed too many poor-quality colleges to become sponsors.
  • Students coming to study at degree level will need to speak English at an ‘upper intermediate’ (B2) level, rather than the current ‘lower intermediate’ (B1) requirement.
  • UK Border Agency staff will be able to refuse entry to students who cannot speak English without an interpreter, and who therefore clearly do not meet the minimum standard.
  • Students at universities and publicly funded further education colleges will retain their current work rights, but all other students will have no right to work. We will place restrictions on work placements in courses outside universities.
  • Only postgraduate students at universities and government-sponsored students will be able to bring their dependants. At the moment, all students on longer courses can bring their dependants.
  • We will limit the overall time that can be spent on a student visa to 3 years at lower levels (as it is now) and 5 years at higher levels. At present, there is no time limit for study at or above degree level.
  • We will close the Tier 1 (Post-study work) route, which allows students 2 years to seek employment after their course ends. Only graduates who have an offer of a skilled job from a sponsoring employer under Tier 2 of the points-based system will be able to stay to work.

Keith Vaz, Chair of the Home Affairs Committee, which advised the government not to close the post study work route, commented:

“Students are not migrants. They come from all over the world to study here, contributing to the economy both through payment of fees and wider spending. Whilst we are right to seek to eliminate bogus colleges and bogus students, we need to ensure that we continue to attract the brightest and the best.

“The Government’s policy ought to be evidence-based. Generating policy based on flawed evidence could cripple the UK education sector. In the case of international students this could mean a significant revenue and reputational loss to the UK. We strongly urge the Government to examine the data which it currently uses to extrapolate migration figures and recognise that for any genuine student the doors to Britain’s fine education institutions are always open.”

He added:

“If the door is shut they will simply study elsewhere.”

See also:

UK student visa restrictions announced by Home Secretary

Cross party MPs warn student visa proposals could ‘cripple’ sector, BBC reports

British universities will lose $1.6bn from student visa cut think tank warns

Government appears to be listening to education sector on student visa reforms

 Tier 4 Consultation ends as Damian Green promises clampdown on Student Visa abuse

Tier 4 student visa cuts will damage UK Universities, Ministers warned

Tier 1 Post Study Work Visa to be abolished

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97 Responses to “Post Study Work Visa to be abolished April 2012 as part of student visa clampdown”
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  1. See article: ‘Post Study Work Visa to be abolished April 2012 as part of student visa clampdown’

  2. razamustafa1990@yahoo.com' razamustafa1990@yahoo.com'aamir says:

    I’m doing Undergraduate in Human Resource Management from University,I came to UK on 2011 and I’m going to complete my studies on June 2012.

    Is it possible to apply PSW?

    Thanks

  3. PSW closes April 2012

  4. swati225@gmail.com' swati225@gmail.com'swati says:

    hi
    I’m the student post-graduate diploma in bussiness and management and my course will be finished in november 2011 then i will do b2 course to take admission in top-up mba in university so it takes 6 month.will you please tell me it is possible for me to apply psw after my mba

  5. From the governmet’s point of view, the problem was that PSW was abused by many former students who simply took up low paid jobs, which was not the idea behind ‘attracting the brightest and best’ to the UK.
    Degree holders can still apply for a job and the employer can get a Tier 2 work permit outside the immigration cap.

  6. karthikouct@gmail.com' karthikouct@gmail.com'KARTHIK says:

    THIS IS TRULY EMBARASSING,90 PERCENT OF THE STUDENTS COME TO UK TO PURSUE A MASTERS DEGREE FROM A GOOD UNIVERSITY AND TO GAIN SOME EXPERIENCE AFTER THE COMPLETION OF COURSE FOR ABOUT 1 TO 2 YEARS AND THEN GO BACK TO THIER HOME COUNTRY AND USE THAT EXPERIENCE THERE TO GET A JOB,BUT BECAUSE OF THE REMAINING 10 PERCENT OF STUDENTS WHO ARE ILLEGALLY WORKING IN UK ALL THE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ARE ABOUT TO SUFFER WITH THE DECISION TAKEN BY THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT,THIS SHOWS THAT THE GOVERNMENT DOESNT REALLY HAVE A CAPACITY TO HANDLE THOSE TEN PERCENT STUDENTS INSTEAD THEY ARE TARGETTING EVERY ONE,THIS IS NOT EXPECTED FROM A GOVERNMENT WHICH HAS A HUGE REPUTATION AROUND THE WORLD.

  7. ah.yasar@yahoo.com' ah.yasar@yahoo.com'Yasar says:

    when a student (at least a student like me) comes to the UK, his/her main intention will be to gain atleast a year of work experience so that when he/she goes back home, they can join a good company because of their international work experience.
    After closing the PSW Visas, all our dreams have been shattered and ripped apart. There is nothing left here now. No body wants to work in a KFC or MCD after doing a Masters degree.
    If they dont give us PSW visas, we could have done our MSc in our home country or preferably USA(at lease they dont have these type of ‘student killing’ rules). The only reason for doing MSc in UK was to get PSW visa and a good international work experience.
    This new rule will only make UK’s economy to diminish further and I wish no more international students come here to spoil their life.

  8. msandalette@yahoo.com' msandalette@yahoo.com'Marvin says:

    “We want to attract the very best and the brightest, when they finish they go” says the home secretary. Indirectly telling potential employers not to employ these students when they finish. The word “attract” rip them off and send them home. Thanks to the home secretary like when the government say “no fly zone” over Libya. Now attack helicopters are part of the no fly zone. Thanks to the people of Britain.

  9. oskaview13@yahoo.co.uk' oskaview13@yahoo.co.uk'kazeem says:

    The changes in visa arrangement is a strategy to reduced the migrant that are not of benefit to Uk most epecially student that are in Uk to work.
    Effect on Uk economy
    Student will prefer to switch to other countries (lost of 60% of £40b)
    -Domestic work will be lacking(security and care)
    Effect on developing countries
    -Uk education will only favour student from rich family (looters) and unfavour to poor family that want to be relivant back home
    -Most of the student ( from less privilege) in developing countries they are mostly relivant when they come to Uk, learn and go back home, they can struggle to pay college but can not afford university.
    Reccomendation
    - Allow colleges to operate the way it is (right to work, dependant etc), but they must affiliate to university stop given them CAS but their student can only renew and get admission through the affiliated university ( 1.purpose this serve as a basis of screaning for home office, record of student will be kept in two places, the university and the college)
    -secondly you can identify genuing student by allowing private college and university to have equal access to work and dependant ( to help people that want to study but poor), but student should go back after course of study

  10. engineers143@gmail.com' engineers143@gmail.com'engineer says:

    Students who are already in UK will not be affected by the new changes. They will able to apply for PSW even after april 2012.
    No need to worry, pay attention on your study.

  11. sweety.shinto@gmail.com' sweety.shinto@gmail.com'Sweety Jose says:

    Iam presently studying PGD in health and social care.my course will get finished in august 2011,but i have the visa still august 2012.do can i apply 4 PSW visa?

  12. makmurrahman26@yahoo.com' makmurrahman26@yahoo.com'Rahman says:

    I would like to enter in UK but it is very difficult for me I think the problem is I am a poor person i can not pay the visa or everything that requirements asked or file

  13. thomas.ngaujah@yahoo.com' thomas.ngaujah@yahoo.com'Thomas says:

    I wish every student will live uk with immidate effect and moved on to some other place to study as too much of one thing is good fornothing , I feel it high time people ( student ) understand that they are no more welcome no anylonger.

  14. berklain@yahoo.com' berklain@yahoo.com'Ber says:

    Do these rules apply to students who have been studying at Private funded institutions for the last 13 months ? Please clarify. Thank you.

  15. mailmetouk@gmail.com' mailmetouk@gmail.com'Aravind says:

    I’m doing Undergraduate in Engineering at University,I came to UK on 2008 and I’m going to complete my studies on June 2012.

    Is it possible to apply PSW?

    Thanks

  16. suhani_amin9@yahoo.com' suhani_amin9@yahoo.com'suhani says:

    I am studing I
    n a trusteid college. For diploma. Cource. An my. Depended is also in uk. My cource finish in may 2011 so. I want to. Extand. My visa its possible. Or. Not nd. My. Depend can work As par old rule or we also face new ruls

  17. yadavrajpal79@yhaoo.co.in' yadavrajpal79@yhaoo.co.in'student says:

    this is unfair for me. i am in university for my undergraduate.. i will graduate in june 2012.. this is seriously insane..4 years of fee

  18. yousuf_ali25@hotmail.com' yousuf_ali25@hotmail.com'Yousuf says:

    Does it means that passed out students can apply for PSW visa without sponser till April 2012?

    Please reply as i am recently graduated and wanted to stay in UK.

    Thanks

  19. jubolauus@yahoo.com' jubolauus@yahoo.com'Julius says:

    UK Border should know that students are the source okf the problem in UK, students had been contributing immensely to the growth and the development okf Uk economy.
    2ndly nthe immigrants are not the problem as they seemed to belief, immigrant worked and pay tax, but having forget or overlooked that most able body British refused to work and relly on income support and benefits of different kind having forgotting that all these immigrants and students bear the brunt through the heavy tax they pay.
    No British wantns to do menial jobs and these menial jobs are the jobs the immigrants does why are the hunting immigrant.
    The government should encourage the citizen to go out and and stop relying on the government for everything they ever want to do in life.
    Although Uk has been a generouns country that has human feelings in their own way.

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