UK Implementing New Tier 4 Student Visa Rules
UK immigration minister announced new rules for student visa category. In past two years, they have many times changed tier 4 student visa policy. Reason to announce and implement new changes is to attract only serious student with genuine intention to study rather than working in UK. Main points of interest are as below;
- A special 1000 placements are reserved for students who have brilliant and creative ideas but they do not meet Tier 1 criteria. Now they will be eligible to apply under this new stream.
- Promoting young entrepreneurs, UK will allow new degree completing students to stay under Tier 1 (Entrepreneur class) if they have an investment of £50,000
- Increasing maintenance funds required to show at the time of visa application
- Limiting work hours of below degree students so only those students who have genuine intention to study in UK rather than working
Damian Green, immigration minister, said;
It is vital that we continue to attract the brightest and the best international students, but we have to be more selective about who can come here and how long they can stay.
In the past, too many students have come to the UK to work rather than study, and this abuse must end. With the introduction of the Graduate Entrepreneur route and the restrictions on student work, we are reforming the system to deliver immigration to benefit Britain.
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