Changes to Immigration System

Earlier this month, a number of changes to the UK immigration system were announced by the immigration minister; which will have a direct impact on student visas.

Under the changes announced, the immigration minister rubberstamped a year-long internship scheme for Chinese students already at university within the UK; which will enable Tier 4 graduates to transfer to Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange.

Transferring to Tier 5 will enable Chinese students to then undertake internships with UK businesses who are looking to expand their presence within China, as well as their trade links.

It was also announced that the changes will increase access for Chinese teachers coming into the UK on a new visa category, which will fall into the same Tier 5 Government Authorised Exchange category.

Furthermore, it was announced that the new immigration rules will re-categorise UAE, Qatar and Oman as low-risk; whilst Tier 1 of the Exceptional Talent visa is to be opened up to allow businesses within the digital technology sector to endorse up-to 200 visa applications.

Following the changes announced last week, for those who are facing difficulties with their visas; the immigration solicitors at Howe+Co are able to assist.

We have been leading specialists in all areas of Immigration law for over 20 years, and have a large team of accredited and highly experienced immigration lawyers who are able to assist in a range of student visa matters – whilst we also have extensive experience of appearing at immigration tribunals, ensuring the best outcome for our clients.

To find out how we can help you with your student visa, contact us today.

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