Agents Increasing Charges for Indian Students Ahead of UK Government Ban on Dependents
Newsmen Education Desk -
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's decision to ban dependents of students not pursuing "high-value" degrees came after a significant increase in family members accompanying foreign students, prompting concerns about visa abuse.
UK to hike student visa fee from October by 127 pounds
The UK Home Office said on Friday that the fee for applying for a student visa from outside the country will rise by 127 pounds to 490 pounds, to equal the amount charged for in-country applications.
UK university launches Lord Karan Bilimoria scholarship for Indian students
The Lord Karan Bilimoria (Chancellor's) Scholarship will include a full tuition fee waiver and accommodation costs up to the duration of the programme for the winner, as well as four runner-up awards of 5,000 pounds tuition fee waiver. It is open only to Indian students applying for postgraduate study programmes at the University's campuses in Birmingham and Dubai.
India received the highest number of UK student visas in 2022: Envoy
Indian nationals received the highest number of student visas which went up by 73 per cent from 2021. India was also issued 30 per cent of visit visas, which is the largest share compared to any other country, Ellis said, adding that the work visas increased by 130 per cent in the year 2022.
UK mulls immigration curbs on foreign student families
According to The Times, foreign students granted visas to study science, mathematics, and engineering can relocate to the UK with dependents. A near-eightfold rise in the number of family members joining foreign students has left Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Home Secretary Suella Braverman worried. According to new immigration figures, 490,763 students were given visas last year.
UK mulls allowing foreign students to work for longer hours
Presently, foreign students in the UK, who number around 6,80,000, are allowed to work for a maximum of 20 hours a week during term time. However, discussions have begun within the government to raise this cap to 30 hours or remove it entirely in a bid to boost its economy, The Times reported. International students made up 476,000 of the 1.1 million migrants who arrived in the country last year.
UK universities luring Indian students with 'bring your family' offers: Report
According to the Telegraph, commissions are paid to agents who market "graduate visas" and help potential Indian students get visas for their spouses and children. A graduate visa, previously known as the post-study visa, gives one permission to stay in the UK for at least two years after successfully completing a course in the country.
UK PM's plan to restrict entry of foreign students seen as setback by varsities, education companies
According to media reports, Sunak is considering curbs on foreign students taking "low quality" degrees and bringing dependents. The UK Prime Minister's spokesman said the idea was being considered after official figures showed net migration to the UK had climbed to a record half a million, the reports said.
UK school disruption amid Covid worst since WWII: Report
In the report published on Wednesday, the Institute for Government, an independent think-tank which aims to improve government effectiveness through research and analysis, said the government's failure to make contingency plans for schools and exams in the summer of 2020 was the most "unforgivable aspect" of its handling of education during the pandemic, reports Xinhua news agency.
Britain invites applications for Chevening scholarship
The Chevening scholarships offer full financial support for one year to candidates applying for a master's degree at any UK university -- covering nearly 12,000 courses from in than 150 universities. The scholarship will cover tuition fees for the selected course; travel expenses and visa fees; and a monthly stipend, a statement by the British High Commission said here.