New Tier 4 Rules
The UK Border Agency has announced that new rules will come into force within weeks to streamline the Tier 4 student visa route.
Students can currently work in the UK for two years after completing their studies under the Tier 1 (Post-study work) route. However, beginning 6 April 2012, a more selective system will come into effect so only the most talented international graduates can apply to stay in the UK for work purposes.
Only those who graduate from a university, and have an offer of a skilled job at a salary of at least £20,000 (or more in some cases) from a reputable employer accredited by the UK Border Agency, will be able to continue living and working in the UK in order to benefit the British economy.
The rules include the following changes:-
- A new Graduate Entrepreneur route will be started, with up to 1,000 places for students working on world-class innovative ideas who want to stay and develop them but do not meet the requirements of the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) route;
- Young entrepreneurs or small company directors can stay in the UK after their studies if they have £50,000 to invest in their business;
- There will be an increase in the amount of money that students and working migrants (and their dependants) must prove they have to support themselves financially during their time in the UK;
- Restricting work placements to one-third of the course for international students who are studying below degree level. Additionally, the time that can be spent studying at degree level will be restricted to a general limit of 5 years.
If you have any questions regarding the above or need to understand how these changes will affect you, please send an email to one of our London Immigration Lawyers or at email@example.com.