UK Student Visa ban lifted for northern Indians studying higher education courses

- Posted in United Kingdom by Visa Bureauon 15 February 2010

The initial UK immigration ban, which came into effect on 1 February 2010, was imposed on Northern India, Bangladesh and Nepal after
unprecedented levels of Tier 4 Student Visa applications, many considered to be bogus.

The announcement has come as a relief to hundreds of genuine students who are at an advanced stage in the Tier 4 application and enrolment into various British universities.

The announcement of the partial lifting was made by the minister for business, innovation and skills, Mr Pat McFadden, during a visit to the Campus of Open Learning (COL) of Delhi University, Keshavpuram, as part of a five-day tour of India. 

“Just a few weeks ago, it was necessary for the UK to temporarily suspend the student visa applications from a number of countries, including northern India. This action was
taken in reaction to a huge surge in applications over a very short period of time. We had as many in one day as we normally get in a month,” Mr McFadden said.

“I am delighted to announce that from 1 March, this suspension will be lifted for all students wanting to study higher education courses, whether foundation degrees, undergraduate or postgraduate.’’

The  temporary suspension of Tier 4 Student Visa applications remains in place for all those wanting to study at lower levels while the system is under review.

The temporary suspension is expected to be lifted as soon as the review is completed and
the new highly trusted sponsor system for colleges and other educational establishments in the UK is in place.

It is estimated the value of international students from non-EU countries to UK economy is £8.5 billion annually.

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