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With the Home Office tightening the rules on Work Permits, increasing numbers of Filipino Carers and Nurses are choosing to come to the UK on Student Visas.

There are a number of reasons why people are going down the Student route – the qualification levels are usually lower, you don’t need an employer and it’s much quicker. Students can also work to help support themselves while they study. In fact Students contribute £4.7 billion to the UK economy.

Mike, a young Filipino, came to the UK in 2006 on a tourist visa to visit his family in Birmingham. He liked the life in the UK and decided to try his luck at finding work. He came to my office with all his papers and CV in January of this year. Mike had previously done a six month ‘Caregiver’ course in the Philippines, but had no other experience or medical qualification.

I advised Mike that he had no chance of obtaining a Work Permit as a Care Worker, due to lack of relevant experience, and that his Caregiver Certificate was not recognized by the Home Office. However, all was not lost. I pointed out that Mike could come back to the UK as a Student to further his studies in Care. He returned to the Philippines, obtained his Student visa and is now back in the UK just eight weeks later.

Students can select from a huge range of subjects, however, NVQ courses in Health and Social Care are becoming more and more popular with Filipinos.

What are NVQ’s?

NVQ’s (National Vocational Qualifications) are internationally recognised qualifications. Courses are vocational or work related, which means that a large part of an NVQ course will be of a practical nature and involve employment. In order to meet the requirement of 15 hours organised day time study per week, hours spent on a work placement (paid or unpaid) can be taken into account if they are a necessary part of the course and are undertaken with the agreement of the educational establishment.

The NVQ4 Registered Managers Award has also become popular with qualified nurses who wish to pursue managerial studies or posts.

Check out for details on a 2-year student NVQ scheme with paid work placement.

What they offer you

  • Finding the College
  • Employment opportunities in the UK
  • Find and book accommodation for your arrival
  • Assistance in opening a UK bank account and obtaining your National Insurance Number
  • Full professional support and guidance with your visa application
  • Welfare Support

They also run free presentations where potential students or their relatives can learn more about the programme and put questions to an immigration expert.

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