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Student Visa and Immigration for UK

As with the United States of America, entry to the United Kingdom is getting tougher and tougher as the government strengthens up border controls and there are constant impendence of terrorist activities. Tighter methods influence everyone, but should not discourage you if you wish to come to the United Kingdom.

On September 1, 2007, new student visa requirements went into effect in the UK. Under the old rules, most students did not need a visa and if you were studying for more than six months, you only needed to get access clearance. Under the new rules, there are two types of student visa, and many more students than before will need visas. International students that entered the United Kingdom before to September 1 under the old rules will also need to consent with the new rules if they leave and want to return in UK.

Students From Non-EU Countries

Here’s a summarized overview of the new rules for the Student Visitor Visa (less than six months) and the Student Visa/Prior Entry Clearance (greater than six months). These rules apply only to students from non-EU countries.

Student Visitor Visa – the Student Visitor Visa is for those that scheme a stay of less than six months. Under the Student Visitor Visa, a student cannot have paid job or an internship more than two credit hours, and cannot spread their stay once they have arrived.

Student Visa/Prior Entry Clearance – if you desire to stay in the UK for more than six months, if you may augment beyond six months, or if you want to work or have an internship more than two credit hours – then you need to apply for a Student Visa/Prior Entry Clearance.

Applying for a Student Visa

You should apply for a Student Visitor Visa, a Student Visa and Prior Entry Clearance at first leaving your home country. If you don’t, you gamble being turned away at oncoming if you do not have all adequate documents and information.

Usually, to apply for a student visa you will need the following:

  • Be accepted and enlisted in a acknowledged full-time degree course, or
  • A course run during the week caused at least fifteen /15 hours of organized daytime study each week, or
  • A full-time course at a self-reliant fee-paying school

You also have to:

  • Be capable to pay for your course and uphold yourself and any companion, and live in the UK without working or needing any help from public funds,
  • Be capable and contemplate to follow your chosen course, and
  • Intend to leave the UK when you finished your studies.

Working After Degree Completion

Like the USA / United States of America, students who finished a degree program in England are endorse to apply for a one year augmentation to their visa to allow them to achieve work expertise in the UK / United Kingdom, without having to get a work permit. Students studying in Scotland are now able to spread their visas and work for two years after fulfilling a degree at a Scottish university, helping to make Scotland an especially striking destination for international students.

Students From EU Countries

Students from a country of the European Union (EU) or one of the other listed countries do not need a visa or prior access clearance. Those countries include:

  1. Austria
  2. Belgium
  3. Bulgaria
  4. Cyprus
  5. Czech Republic
  6. Denmark
  7. Estonia
  8. Finland
  9. France
  10. Germany
  11. Greece
  12. Hungary
  13. Iceland*
  14. Ireland
  15. Italy
  16. Latvia
  17. Liechtenstein*
  18. Lithuania
  19. Luxembourg
  20. Malta
  21. Netherlands
  22. Norway*
  23. Poland
  24. Portugal
  25. Romania
  26. Slovakia
  27. Slovenia
  28. Spain
  29. Sweden

The information contained here is for guidance motive only and to give you an inauguration point. We would inspire you to take advice either your school or a qualified immigration lawyer in the UK for adept guidance and assistance.

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