UK’s new student visa route starts early and determined

UK's new Tier 4 students visa route opens early

International students can study in UK by possessing a Tier 4 visa. These are issued to pursue certain courses in the UK. The new Tier 4 student visa route under the new points-based immigration system, that will be implemented in the country after the completion of the Brexit process this year-end, gives international students distinct benefits. This includes the ability to apply under the new post-study work visa.

The latest decision is that the new international student visa route will be opened earlier than expected, on October 5, 2020. The aim is to attract bright international students from around the world sooner so that they are absorbed into the new system and be transitioned smoothly.

The new route was outlined in the Parliament on September 10, 2020, by the UK government, along with the new immigration rules. The new route will play a key part in unleashing the full potential of a Britain that’s free from the EU.

The benefit of international students arriving in the UK is 3-fold: financial, economic, and academic.

For the international students, the early opening of the new student visa route will help them take the advantage of a streamlined process. It will also help sponsors get time to adapt following their student intake in autumn.

Under the new route, all international students, including those from Europe, will get equal treatment. With the early implementation of the new route, these international students will complete the transition period using the new simplified route. This will be once it opens for applications.

It also sends out a message to the world that the UK is clearing the path for the best and brightest international students to arrive and join UK universities and educational institutions that are globally renowned.

The target of UK immigration is to bring the annual number of students coming to study at British educational institutions and universities to 600,000 by 2030. The absence of a limit on the number of international students arriving in the UK will be a helping factor in achieving this target.

The significance of the revival of student migration lies in its ability to facilitate the economic recovery of cities and towns in the UK. It will also contribute to finding solutions to many other issues that plague society at large in the country mostly owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new student visa route will need its applicants to get 70 points to become eligible for a visa for entering the UK. Their points will be decided based on factors like:

  • Fluency in the English language
  • An offer to join from an approved educational institution
  • Ability to support oneself while living and studying in the UK

The Graduate route is an added contributor to the ambitious plans as it will help retain the brightest students who complete their graduation in the UK. For this, they will be given the option of following the post-study work route. The Graduate route will be launched in the summer of 2021.

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