UK Visa Regulation Updates

August 16, 2017

 

In November 2008, the United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) began implementing a five-tier visa regulation system that affects both education abroad programs within the United Kingdom and any foreign students or participants.

NAFSA created this update page to provide information to international educators from a variety of sources on these changes.

If you have questions or concerns about the new visa regulations, or if you have information that you would like to share with your colleagues through this update page, please submit to NAFSA leaders through IssueNet: EA Visa Help.

September 2018
Differentiation update
New changes have gone into effect bringing more countries into the differentiation arrangement; especially for those countries with students here on F-1, J-1, and green-card holders in the USA (applying for their Tier 4 visa while in the US). To see this new and expanded country list, visit the UKVI, Appendix H: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration-rules-appendix-h-tier-4-documentary-requirements. Students with USA citizenship and those listed countries will no longer need to provide additional documentation requirements. Thus, original passport, the first page of the visa application form, and the UPS waybill are all that is needed. To note: Students must still supply their ATAS Certificate (if their CAS indicates one is required).

If you have questions or concerns about the new visa regulations, or if you have information that you would like to share with your colleagues through this update page, please submit to NAFSA member-leaders through IssueNet: EA Visa Help.

April 24, 2015
Student Visitor Route Rebranded
From April 24 the ‘Student Visitor’ entry route this is being rebranded as the Short Term Student Route. The eligibility requirements remain unchanged (US passport holder, proof of funds, letter from host/home institution etc), but the rebranding is intended to reduce the confusion that currently exists with the student visitor and student visitor visa options.

April 12, 2015
English Language Test Centers in USA
There is now only one approved IELTS test center in the USA – at the Doubletree Hotel in Newark, New Jersey. Visit www.gov.uk for more information.

The UKVI service at the UK Consulate in New York does not anticipate that this situation will change in the foreseeable future.

April 6, 2015
Immigration Health Surcharge for Tier 4 applicants
Starting on April 6, 2015, the UK government is introducing an Immigration Health Surcharge to be paid by non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals who apply to come to the UK to study for a period of more than 6 months. This surcharge applies only to students applying for a T4 visa for a program of longer than 6 months. The surcharge for students is £150.

From June 2015 they will be required to make payment at the same time as they submit their T4 online application. This charge is in addition to the T4 application fee.

Until June 2015 the health surcharge payment is made separately, and instructions are provided on how to make payment.

Those who have paid the surcharge or are exempt will be able to access the National Health Service (NHS) in the same way as a permanent UK resident. Payment may be required for some services such as dental treatment and eye tests.

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