New Immigration route for students from EU and Non-EU countries is now open

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New Points based Immigration route for students is open

January 1st, 2021 is the date the governments new points-based system takes effect. This will bring about an end to Free Movement and bring EU citizens under UK immigration controls, in line with all other non-EU citizens. Irish citizens will continue to be able to enter and live in the UK as they do now.

The UK Government recognises that International students play a key part in unleashing the UK’s potential now that we have left the EU. Not only contributing to the economy but also academically and financially. So, opening the Students routes early was a priority, and they’ve achieved this significantly earlier than planned by opening it on October 5th, 2020.

The Student route and the Child Student Route is a streamlined visa application process and improves on the previous Tier 4 route by creating clearer pathways for students.

EU & International students

With the routes now open, all international and EU students will be treated equally, simplifying the application process. Thus, ensuring that our world-leading education sector can continue to welcome talented and high potential students to study in our globally recognised schools, colleges, and universities.  

To gain a visa under this route, students must

  • have been offered a place on a course
  • can speak, read, write, and understand English
  • have enough money to support themselves and pay for their course

Both EU and Non-EU students will be able to use this route, and there are no limits placed on the number of visa’s available. This is in line with the government’s goal of enrolling 600,000 international students in UK Higher education by 2030.

For assistance with your visa requirements, why not speak to one of our highly experienced immigration consultants. with a commitment to ensuring every one of our clients enter and study in the UK, we will help you every step of the way.

To apply for your visa and university place, please contact us by email or book time with a consultant HERE.

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