The Student route and Child Student route will open on 5 October 2020 to the best and brightest international students from across the globe.
New routes for international students to apply for visas will open early delivering on the government’s commitment to introduce a new points-based immigration system.
As detailed in the immigration rules laid in Parliament today last week, the Student route and Child Student route will both open on 5 October 2020 to the best and brightest international students from across the globe.
The Government say: “International students play a key part in the government’s agenda to unleash the UK’s potential now that we have left the EU. They make important contributions economically, academically, and financially.“
As a result of coronavirus, some overseas students are choosing to defer their entry onto courses in the UK until the spring semester of 2021. However, it is hoped introducing these new routes now means that students will be able to benefit from the new streamlined process whilst still giving sponsors time to adapt after their autumn intake.
A spokesperson for the Government adds: “The routes treat all students equally, with international students, including those from Europe coming to study after the transition period ends, using the same, simplified route when it opens for applications.
“It will ensure our world-leading education sector can continue to welcome talented and high potential students to our globally renowned universities, further education and English language colleges, and independent schools.”
Minister for Future Borders and Immigration Kevin Foster said:
There will be no limit on the number of international students who can come to the UK. This will help to increase the total number of international students choosing to study in the UK higher education system each year to 600,000 by 2030, as set out in the International Education Strategy published in March 2019.
Chief Executive of the Russell Group Dr Tim Bradshaw said:
Cardiff University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Riordan said:
The new Student route improves on the previous Tier 4 route by making it more streamlined for sponsoring institutions and their students, creating clearer pathways for students, and ensuring the UK remains competitive in a changing global education market.
Students will require a total of 70 points to be granted leave. They will achieve the required points if they can demonstrate that they have an offer from an approved educational institution, speak English and are able to support themselves during their studies in the UK.
A statement from the Government adds: “We also want to ensure we retain the brightest and the best students to continue to contribute to the UK post-study, which is why we are launching the Graduate route in the summer of 2021. This additional new route will allow those who have completed a degree at a UK Higher Education provider with a track record of compliance to stay in the UK for two years (three years for PhD graduates) and work at any skill level, and to switch into work routes if they find a suitable job.
“The government is on track to deliver its new points-based immigration which will attract talent and take back control by treating people from every part of the world equally and giving us control of our borders.”