Immigration minister Damian Green has recently announced plans to change the student visa route with the aim of tackling the abuse of the student visa route. He claimed that he wishes to ensure only the best and brightest students will be able to stay in the UK.
As from 6 April 2012 only graduates who have been offered a skilled job of at least £20,000 per year from a reputable employer accredited by the UKBA will be allowed to remain in the UK. A new graduate entrepreneur route will also be introduced via Tier 1 to allow graduates with business ventures to stay in the UK. Work placements will also be cut down to one third of the course for international students to ensure students are in the UK to study and not work. In addition the time allowed to stay in the UK to study for a degree course will be cut down to 5 years. There will also be an increase in the amount of money students must prove they have in order to support themselves financially during their stay in the UK.
These changes show the UK government are taking a ‘no nonsense’ approach towards student visas and immigration. Stricter requirements will reduce the number of successful student visas and make the application process more selective.
What should you do
These changes will have a major affect on the UK immigration system, as a result matters can become quite complex. This is why it is imperative you seek legal advice and instruct specialist immigration lawyers. Immigration and Visa Solicitors can assist your with your applications for any form of leave to remain (or for entry clearance) at the outset and help you comply with the strict requirements of the UKBA requirements, thereby eliminating the stress caused in submitting such applications. Our team of experienced and professional solicitors will be able to guide you through the process step by step and eliminate the possibility of failure by complying with the strict letter of the law.
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