UK immigration reform - impact for International students

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UK immigration reform - impact for International students

Content used from The National Union of Students (NUS)

The UK government recently updated their information on immigration reform, and there are several important points to note for students and the education sector.

The period of time in which a student can apply for permission to come to the UK before the start of their course will be extended, from three to six months. The study time limit for students studying at a postgraduate level will be removed. Students who meet eligibility requirements will be able to make an in-country application for further leave regardless of their sponsor or level of study. Students will not be routinely requested to submit documentary evidence of funds when making further applications to remain in the UK.

The requirement for students who are on a recognised Foundation Programme as a doctor or dentist in training, or who are employed as an SU Sabbatical Officer will also no longer have to demonstrate funds. The Graduate Route will be launched in Summer 2021 to provide international students the opportunity to stay in the UK to work or look for work after they graduate. Undergraduate and master's degree students will be able to stay for two years under the route, whilst PhD students will be able to stay for three years.

Niel Lewis, GSU Officer, says: "These are amazing changes that provide relief for International students in so many ways. Whether it's more working hours, the ability to apply for further leave in the UK or the ability to stay for two/three years after your degree, please BE SURE to see how this can help you in your journey."

For further information, click here visit the GOV.UK website and visit the section for 'International students and graduates'.

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