Rishi Shrestha, a Nepali student, is awaiting response to his visa application at a private London college. Originally from Biratnagar, he has plans to come to UK to study Accounting and bring along his wife as a dependant.
“My idea is that my wife could work full time while I studied at the college. I
According to a consultation document published by the British government on 9 December 2010, the new proposals include:
• restricting study of courses below degree level to institutions with Highly Trusted Sponsor status,
• raising the minimum level of English language to study any subject, including English, to B2 (that is IELTS score between 5 to 6.5),
• not allowing students to make an immigration application in the UK to extend their stay,
• abolishing Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) visa,
• restricting weekday term-time work to work on campus only
• allowing family members to enter or stay in the UK only if a student is studying for more than 12 months and removing all work entitlements from their family members,
• and, imposing more restrictions on private colleges.
also hope to work part-time to meet my expenses,” said Shrestha.
Recent changes proposed by the UK Border Agency (UKBA)—that manages immigration into the country, however, are likely to make life difficult for prospective students like Shrestha.
The UKBA consultations end on 31st January 2011 and are expected to come into force from April this year.
“These changes are likely to have far-reaching consequences on foreign students,” said London-based Solicitor Raju Thapa, who specialises on immigration matters. “The government’s proposal mainly seems to be aiming at reducing the number of overseas students and their dependants especially below degree level,” he added.