UK twenty three universities join student visa pilot

The UK Home Office will extend a scheme which streamlines the process for international Master students wanting to study in the UK.

In July 2016, the trial of new Tier 4 Pilot was published to further simplify the process of international student visa applications, and extend the visa time allowance for international student postgraduate courses. The plan, which applies to the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, Imperial College London and University of Bath’s graduate degree programs and courses no longer than 13 months (excluding preschool language courses) students, the time length of visa will six months longer than the Master course length, which is two months longer before student visa expired. 


The additional 23 universities to benefit from the pilot include 2 in Scotland, 2 in Wales and 1 in Northern Ireland as well as universities from across England.



The 23 universities to be added to the pilot are:

Cardiff University

Goldsmiths University of London

Harper Adams University

Newcastle University

Queen’s University Belfast

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

University of Bristol

Durham University

University of East Anglia

University of Edinburgh

University of Essex

University of Exeter

 University of Glasgow

 University of Leicester

 University of Liverpool

  University of Manchester

 University of Nottingham

 University of Reading

 University of Sheffield

 University of Southampton

University of Wales Trinity St. David (Swansea Campus)

 University of Warwick

 University of York



It will provide greater support for students who wish to switch to a work visa and take up a graduate role, by allowing them to remain in the UK for 6 months after they have finished their course.






Yiyao Zheng

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