New immigration rules regarding the UK student visa
The UK government has made some changes to make things easier for international students. The new guidelines are:
Free movement will stop on January 1, 2022, and be replaced by the new points-based UK immigration system.
The “new points-based system” Student route took effect on October 5, 2020. There would be no cap on the number of foreign students who could travel this route to the UK.
Individuals with graduate degrees and other credentials in science, academia, or technology will be given preference.
The new post-study work (PSW) visa has changed. Changes include:
- After receiving their Ph. D.s, it will allow the students reside and work in the UK for three years.
- They are allowed to work for another two years after receiving their master’s degree.
- The government may raise the PSW cap for master’s degree holders from two to four years.
The new rules aim to double the number of foreign students choosing to enroll in higher education in the UK to 600,000 by 2030.
The British Council emphasized that the change will result in more Indian students choosing to continue their studies in the UK.
All immigrants must first obtain permission before traveling to the UK to work or study.
Indian students starting a course in the UK in the fall will be permitted to apply, even if they must do it online because of COVID-19.