United Kingdom has introduced new arrangements for student visas, as part of Tier 4 of the points-based system.
These new arrangements, a statement issued by the British embassy said, will make the visa process simpler, more objective and more transparent for applicants and prevent abuse of the immigration system.
“From today, all education providers that recruit international students in the UK need to be registered with the UK Border Agency. More than 2,100 universities, independent schools and colleges have applied to be licensed sponsors. The institutions are responsible for ensuring that international students comply with the conditions of their visas while they are in the UK,” the statement said.
“Before a student makes a visa application he needs to ensure that he has an unconditional offer of a study place from a licensed education provider. The student also needs to show that he has sufficient funds to cover course fees and living costs during his studies. The student will be issued with a visa for study at a particular institution, and for the full duration of his course if degree level or above,” the British embassy said.