Foreign students concerned over new UK visa norms

This has been revealed by the findings of a latest survey.

Negative perceptions about UK student visa rules--The findings affirm that the new UK student visa rules mean foreign students are not welcome in the UK. The survey by the UKCISA (UK Council for International Student) involved a total of 5,000 foreign college and university students in the UK.

It maintained that nearly 19 percent of international students participating in the survey said the saying that UK still welcomes highly qualified foreign students is not true at all, especially considering the recent changes introduced to the UK visa rules by the UK government.

And the perception that the UK no longer welcomes foreign students is, undoubtedly, becoming an issue of serious concern for the UK, the report affirms.

Foreign students beneficial to the UK--Speaking about the survey findings, chairman of the UKCISA, Professor Paul Webley said that majority of students participating in the survey were qualified for getting UK student visas. They were the best and the brightest foreign students, were likely to be accepted by leading universities and colleges of the UK. Moreover, they were willing to come to the UK, he clarified.

Hence, the need of the hour was to introduce desired changes in the UK visa process to help keep the international education sector of the UK bring desired revenue to the UK economy and to give the message to the world that the UK is still open for business, he maintained.

Indians won’t be hit by UK student visa changes—Meanwhile, British Deputy High Commissioner Peter Beckingham has clarified that the recent changes in the UK student visa rules will not have any affect on Indian students wanting to study in the UK.

As per the new rules becoming effective earlier during the year, the UK post-study two-year work visa will not be available from April next year. It may be mentioned that the number of Indians seeking admissions in the UK colleges or universities has witnessed decline due to crackdown on bogus UK universities and colleges by the UK government.

However, the number of Indians seeking enrolments in recognized UK universities has went up, Beckingham added.