30.07.2018 UK relaxes visa rules for students from list of 11 countries

30.07.2018 UK relaxes visa rules for students from list of 11 countries

The Home Office has added 11 countries, including China, to the list of 28 nations whose students will be able to benefit from a streamlined British visa application process. The Home Office said: “Students from an additional 11 countries, including China, will be able to provide a reduced level of documentation when applying for their Tier 4 visa.

In addition to China, the primary source of international students for UK universities, Indonesia, Mexico, Thailand, Cambodia, Bahrain, the Dominican Republic, Kuwait, Macau, the Maldives, and Serbia now join Australia, the US, Canada, New Zealand and more will be able to benefit from a streamlined British visa application process.

“All students from these countries still need to meet all requirements under Tier 4 and UK Visas and Immigration reserves the right to request this evidence in full and will do so for a random sample of applications.”

The listed countries are considered “low risk” for issuing Tier 4 student visas. Over 95,000 general students and 4,800 child students that will attend schools in the UK were granted Tier 4 visas this year.

The updated list does not include India. UK universities have seen a fall in applications from Indian students after post-study work visas were abolished in 2012.

The immigration minister Caroline Nokes said that the change “demonstrates the continued focus on improving the UK’s offer to international students”.

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