UK Study Visa Updates 2020 for Indian Students
At the beginning of every academic year, masses of students from India flock to the UK with huge aspirations in their young hearts. ‘Study in UK’ ―for Indians, it is a very big thing. They dream to study abroad with the hope of getting quality education from there. As we are well aware, only a good academic background doesn’t open the doors to UK education.
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The UK study visa process is rigid, with many formalities. You might already know, the UK government has updated its visa regulations, effective from the year 2020. We are here to discuss those changes keeping in mind the interests of the Indians.
At first, let us go through the UK Study Visa System for foreigners in general.
1- Tier 4 Student Visa is the student visa for international students in the UK. There are typically two kinds of UK Tier 4 Visas ―
- Tier 4 or (General) type of UK Student Visa –meant for applicants that are aged more 16 years and more.
- Tier 4 or (Child) type of UK Student Visa –meant for applicants that are aged greater than 5 years to .less than 16 years.
2- If you’re planning a short course and your age is above 18 years, you do not apply for Tier 4 Student Visa. You go for the Short-term Study Visa. The UK government grants this visa for around six months to 11 months.
3- Tier 4 (Child) Student Visa applicants have to apply for private schooling.
4- One will need to score 40 points to be eligible for a student (general) visa. Calculations are as under:-
Course confirmation (30 points):
You must own a letter stating Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from a university approved by the UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI). You will need the CAS number for your UK student visa application form.
Source of Funding (10 points):
You must carry documents to prove your ability to pay for your course tuition feesand monthly living costs.
5- UK Study Visa Application Process
One can apply for a UK student visa in the UK through online mode, by post or in person. One can ensure online application only from places not in the UK, from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man (except North Korea). If you are residing in the UK while applying, you need to apply either by post or in person.
One does the online application form fill-up from the UK Visa & Immigration website. The process involves recording fingerprints and filing photographs.
6- Immigration Health Service Charge
A ‘health surcharge’ is in effect. All non-Europeans visiting the UK for a duration greater than six months have to pay this surcharge. The idea is to get the benefits of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). For students, the health surcharge is £150 per year. It needs paying online along with the visa application. Visa applicants have to deposit the whole amount for their total stay in the UK.
7- Work Permit
This permit is for a maximum of 20 hours a week during term days and full-time during the holiday session. Students of degree level courses in the UK with course duration longer than 6 months are eligible. If your age is 16 or 17 years, you may work for a maximum of 10 hours per week during term time.
It is three months before the start of the course.
Contact Point: Trained visa advisors in the universities answer to queries related to the Tier 4 student visa and provide guidance through the application process. The university websites generally have contact lists, and contact phone numbers, email ids, addresses, etc. You may also send in your question by clicking on ‘contact’ to send a message.
The Updates for UK Study Visa
1- The Boris Johnson government has reinstated the two-year UK Post-study Work Visa for international students. This step will help international students planning for higher studies in the UK from 2020-21. At present, international students for Bachelor’s or Master’s degree can stay back only for a maximum of six months.
2- The post-study work visa scheme- was there till 2012 until the then home secretary Theresa May abolished it. The reinstatement step has been taken for pulling in more international students. From 2020 onward, under the new graduate visa regulations, students from any part of the world, including India should be able to work at any skill level. After those two years, the students can go for a skilled work visa in case they get a job matching their skills.
3- This Post-study Work Visa is to be for two years only. The plan is to issue it as a separate visa, necessitating a new application, and that includes payment of the immigration health surcharge and the visa fee.
4- This visa is non-extendable and has no specific link to settlement procedures in the UK. However, there are cases where the tier 4 student visa holders aspire to settle in the UK. The government expects that they will hold a graduate degree with a skilled job and proper qualifications before the tier 4 visa expires. Chances are, the UK authorities will consider such cases for settlement.
5- Graduates with leave expiring before the introduction of the route will not be eligible to apply for this new visa.
British Deputy High Commissioner to India Jan Thompson said the UK government expects foreigner students the UK for the 2020-21 academic years will pass the eligibility criteria for this route. The UK government has announced it early so that universities, stakeholders, and customers getting ready for the next academic year can enter this in their plans.
Currently, on an average per year, around 4.5 lakh non-UK residents study in Britain. The UK government’s target is to take it to 6 lakh.
Director of the British Council in North India -Tom Birtwistle agrees that work option after study is an important parameter while making the choice to study abroad.
This new UK study visa policy is friendly; it gives foreigner students the option to grow their careers in an international market such as the UK. Yet, some restrictions still exist. The following are the types of job a foreigner student is not allowed to go for in the UK
- Any full-time job that is permanent
- A trainee-doctor, coaching, sports, or in the entertainment industry (except in a certified Foundation Program). You may seek the degree MBBS abroad, no hindrance there.
If a fund crunch is blocking your prospects for the UK student life, look out for study abroad scholarships. One may search for the details through the internet. There are many informative sites on this topic e.g. the website Shiksha Study Abroad provides important details. You get valuable information from the innumerable study abroad vlog and articles on this topic, e. g. the Study in UK.
The study abroad consultants go by many names: overseas education consultants, abroad education consultants, etc. The Study in UK consultants in Delhi and the study abroad consultants in Jaipur are very reputed for their successful guidance of students planning a career abroad. You may consider taking their counsel. Who knows? You might hit on a scholarship to study in UK for free!
We wish you the best on your prospects in the UK. Wish to get the UK study Visa? Know how to get it from our previous blog!
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