24 September 2020
The UK Government has announced to open a new student visa route for international students which it claims will treat all students equally. The new simplified point based immigration system for international students will open in October and students applying for a UK Student Visa will receive its benefits.
The new student visa route offers greater flexibility for immigration which will be based on a simple point based system where international applicants will require a total of 70 points to secure a UK study visa and study in the UK.
Initially expected to come into effect from January 2021, the new immigration system will now become effective from October 2020 amidst the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit, streamlining and simplifying the process. Indian students will now be able to make their visa application upto 6 months prior to course start (as against 3-months previously).
The new immigration route will benefit a large number of Indian students who will be required to hold an offer from an approved educational institute in the UK, be able to speak english and demonstrate the ability to support themselves during their studies in order to secure the required 70 points for gaining a UK student visa under the new visa route.
Jan Thompson, Acting High Commissioner, India said, “Last financial year, nearly 50,000 Indian nationals were granted a study visa – they are the ambassadors of the Living Bridge that connects our countries. Now that we have left the EU, we can introduce this streamlined visa route and the Graduate Route in summer 2021, to ensure the brightest and the best students continue to pick the UK.”
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