Details of changes to student visas published
31 March 2011
On 23 March the UK Government announced its proposed changes to the student visa policy. These changes will be introduced over a period of time in order to allow overseas students and the UK education sector time to adjust.
The UK government today (31 March) issued a 'statement of intent' setting out how Tier 4 of the points-based system will operate. The 'statement of intent' is intended to provide student migrants and education sponsors with detailed information about the requirements for studying the UK, and when they will be introduced.
The first round of changes will come into effect on 21 April 2011, with further changes taking effect in summer 2011 and in April 2012.
A statement of changes to the Immigration Rules has today been laid before Parliament, setting out how the student visa system will be reformed from next month. The reforms, which affect Tier 4 of the points-based system, were announced last week.
To accompany the statement of changes in the Immigration Rules bringing the first set of changes into force from 21 April 2011:
- a statement of intent containing full details of the reforms;
- revised policy guidance for Tier 4 migrants from 21 April 2011; and
- revised guidance for Tier 4 sponsors from 21 April 2011.
The laying of the statement of changes was anounced in a written ministerial statement by Immigration Minister Damian Green.
You can download the statement of changes, the written ministerial statement, the statement of intent and the revised guidance from the right side of this page.
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