UK allows International students 6 months Post Study stay at 4 Universities of UK - Pilot project


Date: 01 August 2016

The tier 4 visa pilot scheme, launched last week by the British Home Office, supports applications from talented students from across the world who wish to study at Imperial College London and three other UK universities. Imperial joins the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Bath in piloting the scheme, which will affect visa applications decided on or after 25 July 2015 for postgraduate courses lasting up to 13 months. It is open to students commencing their studies in 201617 or 201718. Those who achieve places on Imperial's one-year Master's courses will gain access to a streamlined visa application process. Students will also be granted an additional six months on their UK visa after their course ends, allowing for extra time to find work or pursue further study and research.

This will initially be a two-year pilot scheme, so students coming to the UK for a Master's degrees in September 2016 and in September 2017 would benefit. Alice Gast, president of Imperial, said: “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“ Lobbying by UK universities (including the Russell Group of 24 leading institutions) at the Home Office led to the pilot scheme.


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