UK publishes details of new student visa system


Himalayan News Service



Further changes will be introduced in the summer 2011‚ April 2012 and by the end of 2012


The UK government has published further details of the changes to the newly introduced student visa system.

According to the British Embassy in Kathmandu, the changes will be introduced gradually in order to allow the UK education providers and international students time to adjust.

With tougher entrance, limits on work entitlements and closure of post-study work route, the UK had announced a major overhaul of the system on March 22 in order to minimise the abuse and building up the global reputation of the country as a provider of higher quality education.

The first set of changes to the student route will be implemented on April 21, introducing an interim limit for the education providers who do not currently meet the new accreditation requirements on the number of international students they may sponsor.

The changes will also introduce a requirement for students wishing to study at degree level and above to speak English at upper intermediate (B2) level.

Further changes will be introduced in the summer 2011, April 2012 and by the end of 2012.

When the system was announced, the UK Border Agency Regional Director Chris Dix had said the changes will protect the interests of high quality Nepali students wishing to study in the UK, which has has been one of the destinations for the Nepali students for higher studies.


(Source: The Himalayantimes)