09 February 2010

Tougher UK Student Visa rules effective immediately

Tougher rules for UK Student Visa holders have been brought in to stop people abusing the system and remaining illegally in the UK.

Tier 4 Student Visa

Changes have been made to the Tier 4 Student Visa rules.

Under the new UK Immigration rules, effective immediately, applicants will need to speak English to near-GCSE level and those on short courses of less than six months will not be able to bring dependants.

The new measures come only week after Tier 4 student visa applications from Nepal, northern India and Bangladesh were suspended due to many suspected bogus applications.  

Under the measures, effective immediately:

Immigration Minister Phil Woolas told the BBC's Politics Show the latest proposals are a response to the moves by people who are trying to get round the student visa system.

The UK Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people lodge UK immigration applications with the British Embassy.

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