UK Tier 4 Applicants Facing Live Visa Interview
Visa interview is essential to assess applicant’s ability and intention to get a visa for specific country. During last two years, United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) relaxed Tier4 student visa category to attract brilliant students from all over the world. Relaxed criteria included no visa interview, low maintenance funds, no English proficiency proof and an easy to follow point based system. Due to no visa interview, it was easy to get visa. Under this system, applicants just had to get Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) in approved education provider and show maintenance funds in account for only 28 days prior to their visa application.
According to critiques, Tier 4 point based system is abused by non-genuine applicants to get into United Kingdom. If we take example of India or Pakistan, before 2009 when point based system was introduced, around 12000 visas were issued to students of each country. However during first year of Tier 4 student visa category, around two hundred thousand people got UK student visa. According to reports, more than 70% were not genuine students and 50% of them are not even traceable in United Kingdom now. UKBA has taken vigorous steps to stop this abuse of Tier 4 student visa. One of the main responsive measures taken by UKBA is visa interview. UK Border Agency thinks, tier 4 student visa applicants can be scrutinized via one to one visa interview.
As per the new visa procedure, all Tier 4 visa applicants are called to attend visa interview in person at nearest British High Commission. Visa interviewer usually assesses English proficiency of the student and general vulnerability to come back to home country after completing their studies. This is very useful method to find bogus visa applicants who do not want to study in United Kingdom but try to follow Tier 4 student visa route to get into UK. After conducting interviews for a specific period of time, UKBA officials found that a major proportion of Tier 4 student visa applicants do not have ability even to fill out their visa application forms. They do not have this much English proficiency to fill out their visa application forms without help of some other person.
UKBA is very strict to this matter now and will never tolerate any applicant if he could not prove genuineness of being real tier 4 student. Currently around 40% of the Tier 4 applicants are being rejected due to failure in satisfying visa interviewer. UKBA clearly announces that it always welcomes brilliant and genuine students to UK from all over the world but there is no place for people who try to deceive immigration laws.