New tougher rules make it hard for students to come to the UK
After the introduction of the new tier 4 rules for immigration, there has been considerable drop in the number of approved colleges registering as student visas sponsors with the United Kingdom Border Agency.
According to the new tougher rules that were introduced at the end of March, students who are willing to study in the UK can do so only through an educational institution which has been approved by the UKBA. As a result of this, the list of 15,000 institutions four months ago has reduced to just 1,500 now.
A UKBA spokesperson said that they have made it absolutely clear that they will not entertain fake applicants who try to abuse the immigration rules of Britain, or any unprincipled college that assist such wrongdoing.
Many educational institutions which were registered earlier were found to be sham, and had little to offer students in terms of proper education, which resulted in many legitimate students coming to the UK in order to study but with no qualifications and very weak employment prospects.
In case you are willing to move to the United Kingdom for studying, make sure that you get through educational institutions approved by the UKBA.