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UK Immigration Rules have been relaxed today for some foreign students looking to stay and work in the country, in a clear bid to attract the “brightest and the best” global talent.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) confirmed the changes, which come into force today, 6 April 2013.

A summary of the changes to the rules are as follows:Movie All Is Inferno (2016)

  • The Tier 1 (Graduate entrepreneur) route, to include additional places for talented MBA graduates from UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). This will also include the UK Trade and Investment’s elite global graduate entrepreneur scheme.
  • The Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) route, to split the application process so that applicants will no longer have to pay the full fee up front. This will also mean applicants will not have to submit their passport to us while their application for endorsement by a designated competent body is being considered.
  • Tier 2, to improve the flexibility for intra-company transferees and for employers carrying out the resident labour market test.
  • The shortage occupation list and the codes of practice for skilled workers.
  • Tier 4, to allow completing PhD students to stay in the UK for one year beyond the end of their course to find skilled work or to set up as an entrepreneur.
  • Family and private life – these are minor changes to reflect feedback from legal practitioners and our caseworkers.

A number of minor technical changes, corrections and updates have been made to the Immigration Rules, including:

  • Minor changes to ensure there are the necessary requirements for granting discretionary leave to unaccompanied asylum seeking children, and amending the length of discretionary leave granted to these young people to simplify the process and provide some continuity for them.
  • Clarifying the general visitor rules.
  • Updating the provisions in Tier 5 for temporary workers.
  • Minor changes to the Rules on long residence and on work-related settlement.
  • Introducing a new protection route recognising stateless persons.

Full details of the UK Immigration Rule changes can be found in the ‘Statement of Changes to the Immigration rules (HC 1039)’ and the Explanatory Memorandum on the UKBA website.

A written ministerial statement can found on

Further information on the Changes to Tier 4 and Tier 1 are available on the relevant pages of the UK Border Agency website.

The UKBA added:

“From 1 April 2013 the UK Border Agency was split into 2 separate units within the Home Office: an immigration and visa service and an immigration law enforcement division.

“These organisational changes to the UK Border Agency do not affect the validity of any reference to the agency in any document or form on this website. The UK’s Immigration Rules will also remain in force.” Source: UK Border Agency.

Immigration Matters welcomes any changes which help attract more international students to study in the UK and add billions of pounds to the economy.

However, these changes to the Immigration Rules do nothing to address the massive problems experienced by international students already in the UK who have been displaced by the closure of their college, or who cannot extend their visas due to unfair technicalities in the Tier 4 Rules.

Immigration adviser, Cynthia Barker, writing for Planet Philippines said:

“Many hundreds of international students whose college has been closed down have been unable to transfer to a new institution due to visa and financial restrictions.

“Having just lost their money, they are often unable to meet the financial requirements in order to apply for a new visa, despite the fact that they are already in the UK on a student visa.

“Even those with the required funds cannot transfer to another college or university because they cannot obtain a progress report from their former college.”

Cynthia urges students to “take professional advice from a qualified adviser, if possible before your student visa expires”.

“A good adviser will look at the wider situation and do their best to ensure you do the right thing for your future, even if you have overstayed your visa.”

One Highly Trusted Sponsor (HTS) institution, Spinnaker College, offers courses for both Tier 4 international students and those who want to come to the UK for a short course on a student visitor visa, such as English language. Spinnaker College are holding OPEN DAYS at their London study centre on the 8th and 9th April. In country Tier 4 and EU students, such as Romanians and Bulgarians, as well as those with issue with their previous college are welcome.

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