Changes to the UK Tier 4 student visas
United Kingdom, 6th May: A series of changes have been introduced to the UK Tier 4 student visas with effect from 21st April, 2011 onwards.
So, the new UK Tier 4 student visa rules mean tougher requirements for foreigners wanting to study in the UK.
Moreover, that will, undoubtedly, mean quite less rights of working in the UK.
Changes in the UK Tier 4 student visa rules after public consultations—It may be mentioned that the recent changes in the UK Tier 4 student visas are the result of the views provided by the people with regard to such rules.
The aim of such tougher UK Tier 4 student visa norms is to curb growing incidents ofmisuse of UK immigration while ensuring entry for the genuine foreigners wanting to pursue studies in the UK.
Requirements of English language for foreigner students—As per the new rules, all foreigners wanting to study in the UK for lower courses including Pathway courses will have to possess B1 level of English proficiency.
However, for those wanting to study at undergraduate (level 6) or above, proficiency in English language will be level B2 in all the four disciplines.
New requirements for student funds—All aspirants of UK Tier 4 student visas will need to sign a declaration stating sufficient funds in their bank accounts for supporting their UK stay.
For this purpose, only those bank statements will be deemed valid which have been approved by the UKBA (UK Border Agency). The UKBA has clarified that all applications accompanied by bank statements not found to be worth the trust of the agency will be refused out rightly.
Work rights and ability to bring dependents—Any foreign student wanting to bring dependents along with him needs to be either enrolled at a university in a post graduate study course or a Government Sponsored student. All students at UK universities will be allowed to work for a maximum of 20 hours each week along with work placements provided the ratio of work/study is equal.
For those studying at FE colleges(publicly funded), the maximum limit of work will be 10 hours each week.
UK Tier 1 Post Study Work will end in 2012--The UK Tier 1 Study Work visa program will come to an end in April 2012. This program enables foreigner students to work in the UK for a maximum period of two years after successful completion of their graduation programs. In addition, this route also provides an opportunity to the foreigner students to search for permanent jobs and then make application for UK Tier 2 visas.