UK Immigration: International Students Choosing UK to Study

According to the Home Office’s current immigration statistics the number of international students being granted ‘study-related visas’ has increased by 13,885 in the year ending June 2014.  This figure shows that universities across the UK continue to attract students from overseas, estimating that they make up 81% of the student population in the UK in 2014. 

UK Second most Population Destination for International Students

The increase of 13,885 international students in the UK in 2014 was made up of Chinese, Brazilian, Malaysian and Libyan nationals. Therefore showing that the increase of students in the UK is coming from outside the EU. The number of EU students studying in the UK has stayed consistent going from 125,290 to 125,300 in 2014. Furthermore, Chinese nationals made up more first year students in the UK’s higher education than the total number of EU students.

The UK is said to be the second most popular destination for international students after the United States of America. The UK continues to be a popular location for students wanting to study outside their country of origin, as the English language is still viewed as the “global language”. However, there are fears that the current UK Immigration Rules may threaten the prospects of new international students coming to the UK. The treatment of international students in the UK has been a hot topic of debate in politics running up to the May 2015 elections. Universities UK are campaigning for the future UK Government to make the following changes:

  • Create an ‘international student growth strategy’ with investment to support ‘international marketing, mobility and partnerships’
  • Following through with the on-going argument of removing international students from the net migration target
  • Make international students and staff more welcome
  • Provide more opportunities for international graduates to work and contribute to the UK economy.

UK Immigration Advice for Tier 4 Students

The Tier 4 Student visa category is for those international students who wish to come to the UK to study and experience life and culture in the UK.

Our expert UK Solicitors can help with your Tier 4 Student Visa applications and queries. Our expert team of lawyers can assist you with the preparation of your application and ensure that you meet with all the requirements of the relevant Immigration Rules, we will ensure that all key points are substantiated with documentary evidence thereby leading to a successful visa application and avoiding unnecessary expense of re submitting your application to the Home Office.

Successful UK Tier 4 Student Visa Applications & Appeals

Our team of experienced and professionally qualified immigration solicitors and barristers will be able to guide you through the process of making a student visa application step by step and limit the possibility of failure by complying with the strict letter of law.

We also undertake a great deal of appeal work before the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal and have a successful track record of successful results for our clients. We have the experience and the knowledge required to take your case forward successfully. If you have had a student visa refused, contact us to discuss your case so that we can provide you with a case assessment.

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