23 Universities in the UK have offered a pilot plan for easier overseas student visas and this includes two universities from Scotland as well. The proposed plan will make it easy for overseas students to also find a permanent job in the UK. The Edinburgh and Glasgow universities will also offer this pilot plan for Post-graduate students. Other universities in the UK are also expected to join them at the earliest.
The overseas student visas for courses with the duration of 13 months or lesser will be streamlined through the pilot plan. Overseas students will be required to apply for the UK Tier 4 visas. As of now students from EEA and the EU do need a visa to pursue studies in the UK. However, their status after the Brexit is yet ambiguous, as quoted by the BBC.
Overseas students from the Far East and the US are expected to benefit from the pilot plan for easier overseas student visas. It is already operational at four institutions in the UK.
The government of UK has said that the pilot plan offers enhanced support to overseas students. It assists them to switch over to a work visa and then take up the role of a graduate. This will also permit them to stay in the UK for 6 months upon completion of their course. At present they are permitted to stay only for 4 months.
The responsibility of eligibility checks of the overseas students will be with the participating universities. This implies students will be required to furnish lesser documents when compared with the existing visa application process. The changes will help the UK universities to attract the best and brightest talents with reduced red tape in immigration. The identity and Home Office checks will continue to remain mandatory for all students.
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