UK Boarder Agency updated latest new outlines for international students who wants to study in UK. Home Secretary Theresa May announced few new rules and criteria for overseas students on 22 March 2011.
The main changes in Tier 4 are as follows:
- From April 2012, any institution wanting to sponsor students will need to hold Highly Trusted Status.
- Students studying at undergraduate degree level must have English language skills at level B2 or above, of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
- Students will be able to spend a maximum of five years on a student visa at undergraduate and Master’s level.
- The UKBA will treat students more favourably, if you come from a ‘low risk’ country to Aston University who have Highly Trusted sponsor status.
- Students who are not at university will have limited rights to work in the UK on student visas.
- Students who are not at university will be limited in the length of time they can spend on a placement as part of their course – 33% will be the maximum.
- It will not be possible to bring dependants to the UK unless students are sponsored by their home government or are on a postgraduate course which lasts for 12 months or more.
- After April 2012, at the end of the course, students will not be possible to switch to a Tier 1 Post Study Work visa.
The government has also declared to develop a new entrepreneur route for bright and innovative students who have a business idea and want to make it work in the UK.
In this circumstance UKBA official said, ”It is not yet clear if this new visa will be introduced before the closing of the Tier 1 PSW visa route to new applicants in April 2012. As and when we have more details we will let you know.”