Visa Pilot Scheme to Help ‘Add to UK’s Talent Pool’

Four British universities are piloting a new visa scheme making it easier for international students to study a master’s degree in the UK.

The Tier 4 Visa pilot scheme allows all overseas students who gain a place on a master’s course at four UK universities to enter a faster and easier visa process, with the addition of an extra six months stay after their course ends.

The Home Office is trialing the scheme at Imperial College London, Bath, Cambridge and Oxford which will affect visa applications decided on or after 25 July 2016. It is open to students starting their studies in 2016/17 or 2017/18.

Imperial’s President Professor Alice Gast said: “International students are a priority for Imperial and they add to our diverse community in myriad ways. They bring creative, entrepreneurial and academic excellence. 

“This pilot scheme is an encouraging step forward.  The ability to stay on for six months will bring benefits to the students and to the country as our talented graduates will be able to pursue their entrepreneurial ideas, further study or add to the UK’s talent pool.”

If you are accepted through this scheme at Imperial you will be considered a low-risk for immigration purposes so may not have to include any documents showing you meet the financial requirement or evidence of academic qualifications. However, the Home Office said it will carry out spot-checks.

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