Study in UK? Must familiarize with UKVI system

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United Kingdom (UK) is known for one of the most attractive destination for international students. Among the five English speaking countries in the world; USA, Canada, UK, Australia & New Zealand, the UK ranked second in the list of most preferable destination for abroad study. The statistic of survey in 2018 shows more than 507,480 international students were enrolled to study in UK universities for higher education. The UK has excellence academic reputation since several decades. Four among the six highly ranked universities are located in the UK. Oxford University, Cambridge University, Imperial College London, University College London, University of Edinburgh & Durham University are world’s top renowned universities that located in the UK.

University degree obtained from the UK is recognized and accredited globally. Furthermore, teaching methodology in the British Universities are more emphasize in research, life skills and practical approach. British degree will open lucrative job or business opportunities in any corner of the world. However, if you are planning to study in the UK then you must aware of visa procedures, choice of your majors and visa that you could receive after graduation. Currently, you need to apply for TIER 4 General Student Visa in order to study in the British universities as full time international student. TIER 4 General Student Visa will be granted according to Point Based System (P.B.S.). P.B.S. will evaluate whether you are eligible for TIER 4 General Student Visa or not. This system is quite simple. According to P.B.S. you need 40 points to be an eligible for TIER 4 General Student Visa & Conformation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) will contribute 30 points among that required 40. Bank balance certificate or bank loan of required funds will provide another 10 points and that’s how you will get total 40 points. But keep in mind that if you providing bank deposited fund instead of bank loan then deposited amount has to matured for 28 consecutive days. This P.B.S. is very straight forward and easy procedures for international students.

Recently UK government Home Office has introduced Graduate Immigration Route for international students on 11 September, 2019. While in Graduate Immigration Route, students are allowed to live and work while study in UK for 2 years after graduation. Student who enrolled for undergraduate program or higher level in approved UK higher education provider (HEP) are eligible for this scheme. Graduate Immigration Route will be in effect from academic year 2020/2021 and students who will graduate after Summer 2021 will be eligible to apply. International students are excited and welcomed such announcement from UK government. However, this isn’t completely new scheme for international students. In 2012, Theresa May, home secretary at that time, dismissed such facility for international students and granted only 4 months to stay in the UK after graduation. Current prime minister Boris Johnson and his government seems to be very optimistic regarding the reputation of British education and re-introduced 2 years graduate immigration route in order to attract brightest students from all over the world. Students are allowed to work in any skill level while in Graduate Immigration Route and also able to switch into skill work visa as long as they meet eligibility criteria.

International students are allowed to work 20 hours per week and full time during the vacation at study time in the UK. If your spouse wish to join you then your spouse can apply for TIER 4 – Dependent visa. Dependent case is only allowed for post graduate or higher level applicant. Your dependent can work full time in the UK except professional sportsperson, which includes a sports coach and they cannot work as a doctor or dentist in training unless they have a degree in medicine or dentistry from a UK institution or have previously been granted a visa to study in UK that did not restrict their employment as a doctor or dentist in training and were employed as such during that period.

UK consists of four countries; England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The record of Home Office shows 1153 education institutions are registered as TIER 4 Sponsor. International students should be very attentive while making a choice of right institution. Average tuition fee, academic reputation, graduate employability rate, scholarship, major option & campus location could be most prioritized factors that student should consider while choosing right university. Most of the universities in the UK have average annual tuition fee of GBP 12000 and potential students can grant scholarship up to 50%. The announcement of 2 years Graduate Immigration Route by UK government has drawn huge attention of international students. On contrary, Australian government has decreased assessment level of Nepal from 2 to 3. Therefore, it is quite obvious to predict that UK could be the next popular destination for Nepalese students for their higher education.

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