UK visas & immigration news

IPPR report on the value of international students

The IPPR launched their report on the value of international students on Thursday 28 November 2013. The report entitled 'Britain wants you! Why the UK should commit to increasing international student numbers', was supported by English UK.

Amongst its recommendation, the IPPR suggests that the government should commit to increasing the number of international students coming to the UK. They also recommend that the government offers more to students, especially in working rights, in return for the planned introduction of the NHS surcharge for students. Another notable recommendation is to end the disparity in work rights, making it available to all students irrespective of where they are studying.

To view the full report, please click here.

Tier 4 Sponsor guidance

The Home Office has republished the Tier 4 sponsor guidance.

This release does not introduce any new policies but provides further clarification in response to feedback from customers. For further details of the changes to the amended guidance, please see the table on Page 2 of the document.

To download your copy of the sponsor guidance, please click here.

Youth Mobility Scheme 2014 for Japanese nationals

The Youth Mobility Scheme 2014 for Japanese nationals will be opened in January 2014. There will be 1000 places available to Japanese nationals.

For more information, click here to visit the Home Office website.

Tuberculosis testing in South Korea & Democratic People's Republic of Korea

From 31 December 2013, residents of South Korea and Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) who wish to come to the UK for more than 6 months must be tested for tuberculosis (TB) before applying for a visa. No TB test will be required for stays of less than 6 months unless applying for a 6 month fiancé (e) visa.

If you submit an application on or after 31 December 2013, you will need to take a TB test if you are applying to come to the UK for 6 months or longer. If you apply for a visa before this date you will not need to take a TB test.

For detailed information about the testing process and requirements in South Korea, please click here.

For detailed information about the testing process and requirements In DPRK, please click here.

Electronic Visa Waiver

As mentioned in last month's newsflash, the Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) will be available to passport holders of the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar.

The EVW is single entry visit visa, and will be valid for travel to the UK from 1 January 2014. Applications for the EVW must be submitted at least 48 hours before departure to the UK but can be completed up to 3 months in advance. Applicants have to provide their flight details to and from the UK, as well as all their personal details which must match those in their passports. Applicants would then have to print a copy of the EVW to show at port of departure and on arrival in the UK.

English UK is waiting for confirmation that students applying for a Student Visitor Visa (SVV) would be able to use the EVW. The EVW is not available to those wishing to study (under ESVV or Tier 4) or visit the UK for more than 6 months, work or to get married.

For more information please click here.

 

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