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UK Visas: a guide to successful applications By Mark Taylor Executive Director, The Taylor Partnership For ICEF, Berlin – 2 nd November 2014 www.ttplaw.co.uk
Is the UK “open for business”? Some people say: 1. The Tier 4 system has made it difficult for students to apply; 2. The incentive to study in the UK has been damaged by the loss of the Post Study Work Permit; 3. Other countries are more welcoming to students; 4. International students are important only as a source of revenue 5. The political situation in the UK is unwelcoming to migrants.
Tier 4: the problems 1. Document requirements; 2. English language test; 3. Delays in processing applications; 4. Interviews; 5. Inconsistent decisions by British Embassy /High Commission 6. No independent judicial right of appeal if the application is refused
Tier 4: the reality - documents 1. On line application 2. Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies; 3. Original personal bank statements demonstrating availability of outstanding fees for 28 continuous days; 4. English language test (over 18s) 5. Birth certificate (if using parental bank statements); 6. Consent letter (if under 18 or if using parental bank statements) 7. Translations into English (if necessary) 8. TB certificate (if necessary)
Tier 4: maintenance 1. A notional monthly amount relating to living costs 2. A new student entering the UK for the first time 3. Maintenance is 9 x £820 = £7,380 (outside London) 4. Maintenance is 9 x £1020 = £9,180 (inner London) 5. Where all accommodation fees have been paid – a credit of £1,000 from maintenance; 6. Where the student has an “existing presence” – just 2 months; 7. If a Child Student at an independent boarding school – no maintenance requirements
English Language 1. Is it fair for an international student to start a course when he/she cannot speak English? 2. A greater understanding of the language gives the student a greater chance of academic success 3. If a student is struggling with English – why not come, first, as a student visitor? 4. Attend a pre-sessional course? 5. Embed English language as part of the course
Genuine test 1. It is subjective 2. But it is not unreasonable 3. Like any interview – prepare! 4. Questions: i. Why do you want to come to the UK? ii. What course are you studying? iii. Describe the modules in your course? iv. Why did you choose this school / College / Uni? v. How do you think coming to the UK helps your education? vi. What do you intend to do in the future?
If the application is refused … 1. Ensure that the application as thorough as possible; 2. If there are any “grey” areas – explain them in a covering letter; 3. If the application is refused, further evidence cannot be submitted; 4. Mistakes do happen – administrative review; 5. Alternatively, a new CAS and visa application is required; 6. Tier 4 sponsors – refusal rate reduced to 10%; 7. No right of appeal in the UK – administrative review
UK students – the numbers 1. Between June 2013 and June 2014 2. 218,295 international students came to the UK; 3. An increase of 7% on the same period last year; 4. Between June 2013 and June 2014 5. 78,109 student visitors came to the UK; 6. An increase of 8% on the same period last year
After study…. 1. Permanent residence after 10 consecutive years; 2. Tier 2 – work: employed by a Tier 2 licence holder; 3. Increase in the number of licence holders; 4. Between June 2013 and 2014 – 159,302 visa granted – up 10% 5. Tier 1 Entrepreneur - £200,000
The alternatives …. 1. Tier 1 Investor – a minimum investment of £2 million 2. Permanent residence after 5 years 3. EU passport – a minimum investment of £1 million 4. Citizenship granted in 8 to 12 weeks!
Welcome in the UK? 1. Some of the best education in world 2. Including independent boarding schools, vocational FE Colleges and Universities; 3. Specialist schools – eg Priory Group 4. Vibrant, multi-cultural towns and cities; 5. A growing, stable economy 6. The role of migrants in UK economy and society 7. Enriching the lives and academic careers of international students
Contact Mark Taylor The Taylor Partnership www.ttplaw.co.uk www.ttplaw.co.uk E mail: email@example.com
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