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Going to get tough for foreign students aspiring for UK

New proposals could see Tier 4 restricted to degree level course students 25th January 2011: It may sound disappointing for aspiring learners wishing to come to the UK, but the Government is apparently making the rules tougher for them.
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The new proposals could see Tier Four largely restricted to those studying degree level courses, unless the institution is a Highly Trusted Sponsor. English language capability could be a precondition for people wishing to study a higher level course. The Tier Four applicants will have to pass an English language test showing competence at intermediary level B2, a step up from the B1 currently required.

The move to ensure students return overseas after their course finishes could mean they will have to leave the UK and apply for a new visa to advance their studies, and show proof of sequence to a higher course. It could also mean students are not given unrestricted access to work through the post-study route under Tier One.

In addition, the Government is looking at ways to improve the inspection and accreditation of the education sector, to ensure the courses offered by private institutions of further and higher education are of the highest quality.

As the consultations come to a close on January 31, it is becoming apparent that the UK Government aims to further restrict the number of students coming to the country.
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Ensuring students wishing to extend their studies show evidence of academic progression and limiting students’ entitlements to work and their ability to bring in dependants is also being looked into.

Improving the accreditation process for education providers, alongside more rigorous inspections is also being thought of by the government.

The government authorities believe the student route accounts for two thirds of migrants entering the UK each year which is why it is a key focus for change.

Immigration Minister Damian Green has asserted they have received a substantial number of responses from the citizens on limiting number of students in UK and further wanted to encourage those who haven’t had their say till now.

The eight week consultation seeks views on a range of measures to reduce the overall number of students who can come into the UK.

Green asserted he considered drawing talented students from abroad as important to the UK. But at the same time he believed that they must be more selective about who can come to the country and how long they can stay.

Green said the proposals were aimed at a more healthy system. He added too many students coming to study at below degree level were reaching with a view to living and working, rather than studying. Green insisted they needed to stop this abuse.

The new proposals could see Tier Four largely restricted to those studying degree level courses, unless the institution is a Highly Trusted Sponsor. English language capability could be a precondition for people wishing to study a higher level course. The Tier Four applicants will have to pass an English language test showing competence at intermediary level B2, a step up from the B1 currently required.

The move to ensure students return overseas after their course finishes could mean students will have to leave the UK and apply for a new visa to advance their studies, and show proof of sequence to a higher course. It could also mean students are not given unrestricted access to work through the post-study route under Tier One.

In addition, the Government is looking at ways to improve the inspection and accreditation of the education sector, to ensure the courses offered by private institutions of further and higher education are of the highest quality.

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