Category Archives: Tier 4 (Student) News

UK Eases Visa Rules – 1st October 2013

Last Friday, Mark Harper, the immigration minister, announced changes which generally ease visa rules from 1st October 2013. Some of the key changes are:

  • Removal of the English language requirement for intra-company transferees.
  • Tourists and business visitors are allowed to do some study where it is not the main purpose of their visit.
  • Share ownership restrictions waived for senior staff earning £152,100 or more.
  • Artists of exceptional promise enabled to apply under Tier 1.
  • Graduate entrepreneurs will find it easier to switch into Tier 2.
  • New youth mobility scheme quotas set for 2014
  • Hong Kong will be added to the list of participating countries and territories on the UK’s Youth Mobility Scheme in order to further strenghten business, trade and cultural ties.
  • Some students will be allowed to work as interns under the Tier 5 government authorised exchange scheme.
  • The removal of the prospective student route.
  • The expansion of checks to ensure applicants for work and student visas are genuine, and that they intend to meet the conditions of leave they apply for.
  • The introducion of  powers to refuse Tier 4 extension applications where the applicant cannot speak English.
  • Dependants in the Points Based System and other work routes will be allowed to apply from within the UK, providing they are not here illegally, as visitors, or on temporary admission or temporary release. They will still need to satisfy all other existing requirements.
  • Special rules for overseas visitors to the Commonwealth Games 2014 were included.
  • With effect from the 28th October 2013 there will be changes to how applicants for indefinite leave to remain are required to demonstrate their knowledge of the English language and of life in the UK.

If you need a visa to work in IT, Engineering, Actuary or Finance Commonwealth Contractors may well be able to help.

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1 Day Visa for Business People from India

David Cameron is on a three day visit to India with a 100 strong group made up of parliamentarians, business leaders and academics, in a drive to improve our links and trading relationship with a country which has the second fastest growing economy in the world and a population of 1.22 billion. This is one of the biggest trade delegations in British history and according to reports in the FT, Mr Cameron declared Britain could forge one of “the great partnerships of the 21st century” with India.

1 Day Visa for Business People from India

While visiting Mumbai yesterday he declared that he wanted Britain to be India’s partner of choice and announced plans for a one day visa for Indian business people who need to come to Britain at short notice. His vision is that British architects and contractors will play a leading role in developing a corridor of business between Mumbai and Bangalore a distance of 988 km or approximately 614 miles. He urged India to dismantle trade barriers in banking, insurance and retail. India is well known for its expertise in IT and electronics and this morning it was reported on BBC Breakfast that in Delhi he announced the setting up of a joint project to tackle cyber crime.

No Cap on Foreign Students Allowed in Britain

While addressing workers at Hindustan Unilever he stated that there is no cap on the number of foreign students allowed into Britain as long as they have basic English and an offer of a place at a university here. Unfortunately there is an unfair and inaccurate perception that it is not possible to do post study work in Britain and this needs correcting.

Watching the reports here on the news of his cricket playing we are left in no doubt that David Cameron is going all out to bat for Britain.

If you are an expat studying for a PhD or an MBA, we, and our partners can help you

* Obtain a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa.


* Find an employer able to employ you on a Tier 2 (general) work visa.

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London Mayor welcomes Indian students

Mayor Boris, in Delhi to promote London, said he wanted to roll out the red carpet to Indian students


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London Met Own Goal

Guido has a rather sad picture which  many might say proves UKBA’s claim (more…)

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List of financial institutions for Tier 4 is published

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has published a list of financial institutions which it considers, on the basis of experience; does not verify financial statements to a satisfactory standard. (more…)

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Malaysian students encouraged to return to the UK

Despite the riots in several areas near London, Malaysian students were encouraged to continue their studies in the UK, Britain’s acting High Commissioner to Malaysia, Ray Kyles, said on Thursday. (more…)

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REC response to Student Visa changes

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has said that it is good news that the Government has recognised the need to retain graduate talent through the switching provision. Under new rules the Post Study Worker subcategory of Tier 1 will end in April 2012 however Non EEA students who graduate with a recognised degree will be able to switch to Tier 2 General without a resident labour market test where they have secured a job of at least £20,000 per annum. (more…)

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Dyson says Tier 4 changes are “sheer madness”

Sir James Dyson, the inventor of the Dyson vacuum cleaner, has told the BBC that the decision by the Coalition Government to tighten up the rules surrounding science and engineering graduates under Tier 4 visa is “sheer madness”. Last week Theresa May announced plans to change Tier 4 of the points based system in order to reduce the number of applicants to a maximum 100,000 per year. The Government turned its attention to Tier 4 following the Introduction of the Immigration Cap and the cancellation of the highly popular Tier 1 General scheme. (more…)

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T4 Visa Changes include scrapping of T1 PSW

The Government have announced that as part of their plans to reform the UK Immigration System they will be making it more difficult for International Students to come to the UK and cancelling the highly popular Tier 1 Post Study Worker route from April 2012. The measures to clamp down on Tier 4 of the points based system include; limits on the number of hours students can work, increased English Language requirements and restrictions on bringing dependents to the UK. (more…)

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Changes to Tier 4 Student opposed by Universities

The Government has once again come under pressure over its plans to change Tier 4 of the Points Based System which is designed for International Students. 16 Professors from Universities around the country have put their names to a letter to the Observer in which they express “profound concern at the damage that would be caused to the UK economy and to our universities if the government’s proposals to reduce the number of international students coming to the UK are implemented”. (more…)

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