Rule not applicable on students of countries requiring visa for UK
24th December 2009: If you are a student from outside the European Economic Area, you will not require entry clearance while applying to enter the UK for up to six months on an exchange or educational visit from 1 January 2010. The rule will not apply if you are a national of country requiring a visa to enter the UK.
The provision is a part of the UK Border Agency’s announcement on details of next month’s changes to the rules on foreign students under the age of 18 who come to the UK on exchanges and educational visits.
The Border Agency has asserted: `From 1 January 2010, students from countries outside the European Economic Area will be able to apply to enter the UK for up to six months on an exchange or educational visit to a state-maintained school, a non-maintained special school, an independent fee-paying school or an independent non fee-paying school.
`They will not require entry clearance, unless they are nationals of countries who require a visa to enter the UK’.
Available information indicates this provision replaces and supersedes the temporary concession that permitted such visits until 31 December 2009.
The Border Agency has further clarified: `If we have granted you permission to enter or remain in the UK on the basis of that concession on or before 31 December 2009, the permission will remain in force provided you remain in the UK.