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A Warm Welcome to Kuwaiti Students

On 24th June 2020, Michael Davenport, British Ambassador to Kuwait announced a warm welcome to Kuwaiti students to enter and study in the UK.

“I am delighted that during the academic year just ending we welcomed over 6,000 Kuwaitis at British universities and colleges in a wide range of different disciplines…

The UK is a global powerhouse of science and research. With so many universities at the cutting edge of global discoveries and emerging technology, our students graduate with insights and experience that are in high demand around the world.” Michael Davenport, British Ambassador to Kuwait.

Ultimately, the UK want to attract the ‘crème de la crème’ of students to apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. This can also be said for other specialist professions on Tier 2 &5 visas such as medical professionals, scientists, technological experts, and researchers. This aim of the UK government is the entire backbone of the new points-based immigration system, which is scheduled to take effect as of 1st January 2021. Because the new Immigration Bill will not allow ‘unskilled labour’ to enter the UK and only allow those overseas who have a job offer, have the ability to speak a proficient level of English and must meet certain criteria that amounts to 70 points or more, the UK government has high hopes of attracting the best of the best and not just allowing anyone into the country.

“We are delighted to announce that the UK Visa Application Centre in Kuwait will re-open in Kuwait on Sunday 28 June. So, now is the time for students to familiarise themselves with UK visa requirements and talk to their chosen university about English language evidence they will need to supply for a visa application. The UK has a high visa acceptance rate for students: 98% of Tier 4 (General) student visa applications were granted to international students in the last year.” Michael Davenport.

It has been openly declared that the UK Visa Application Centre in Kuwait will re-open and resume its services on 28th June 2020. Kuwaiti students are now assuredly encouraged to apply for a Tier 4 (General) visa to enter and study in the UK and benefit from the new graduate immigration route. This immigration route means that students from overseas will be able to take advantage of two years’ work experience upon graduation whilst graduates will be permitted to stay and work or look for employment at any skill level for as long as 2 years from the summer of 2021.

Considering the high acceptance rate of Tier 4 (General) student visa applications, it is without a doubt that the UK need students from overseas. Not only students will contribute significantly towards the UK’s economic recovery resulting from the pandemic, but also to partake in research and studies that are solely directed towards finding a vaccine for COVID-19.  Hence, it goes without saying that the UK government unquestionably want students to support the country during this exceptional time.

Should you have any queries regarding the above information or if you are an international student seeking to apply for a Tier 4 student visa, please get in touch with a legal professional at Hudson McKenzie via email at londoninfo@hudsonmckenzie.com or by telephone +44(0)20 3318 5794.