Tuesday, February 23, 2010

UK to partially resume student visa services

From March 1, 2010, the United Kingdom will partially resume student visa services in North India, which were temporarily suspended from February 1, 2010, due to a surfeit of applications in the region. The visa application services will be re-started for aspirants who want to pursue undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the UK but the suspension continues for those applying for lower level qualifications. At an event at University of Delhi's Campus of Open Learning, British minister for business, innovation and skills Pat McFadden announced that the UK Border Agency would partially lift the Tier-4 visa application suspension in North India. He added, "The temporary suspension remains in place for those wanting to study at lower levels (below degree). But we will continue to keep this under review and will lift it as soon as we can and once the new 'highly trusted sponsor' system for colleges and other educational establishments across the UK is in place."

On February 10, the UK announced changes to the criteria of Tier 4 of the points based system. This includes the launch of a 'highly trusted sponsors' system, expected in April. Only accredited UK institutes which have also been designated as 'highly trusted' will be able to offer courses at National Qualification Framework Level 3 and those below degree level with work placements. More details on this programme are due this March.

Source: Business Standard & Hindustan Times, February 17, 2010

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