12 January 2010

Conservatives detail their plan for UK Student Visas

Shadow home secretary Chris Grayling has proposed a new plan to regulate the UK Student Visa system, which could see major changes and the potential tightening of rules if approved.

Overseas students provide a large amount of capital for education providers, and the sector has grown considerably. In 2008-09 the government issued 236,470 UK Student Visas, while a decade earlier only 69,607 were issued.

Student visas now represent three-quarters of the visas issued under the UK immigration points-based system that was introduced in 2008.

However, Grayling’s proposal would see a tightening of UK Visa rules for students, including requirements for some student applicants to hand over an annual £2,000 bond and a tightening of the colleges entitled to sponsor students as well as a ban on students switching courses in the country.

Under the proposed immigration plan:

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

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