Thousands of overseas students have been unable to enter the UK. The new visa system could cause universities to lose thousands in fees from overseas students.
The British government cancelled the UK visas of thousands of students that were studying at the London Metropolitan University.
Why did the UK immigration officials do this? UK immigration officials were following a new law that led them to state that LMU was not following the UK visa rules in regards to the non-European Union students.
They removed LMU’s rights to teach students from outside the European Union. Critics believe the UK government is trying to reduce migration and is cutting down on overseas students.
Many students are wondering what their course of action is. Many are hiring immigration lawyers to seek to resolve this issue.
The media has reported that the government’s move will harm the UK’s reputation as a world-class higher education provider. This move also hurts the country’s economy. With each student spending approximately $50,000 during their 3 year stay in the UK.
As expected, the students are infuriated. They enrolled in good faith and only wanted to gain an education. The students are in the UK legally and had to go through a strict procedure to get into the UK. So, do they have any recourse?
How and what does a student need to get a visa in the UK? A student who is a non-European Union student needs a visa for the UK; if your paperwork is not in order the Immigration officers will turn them away and not allow them entry into the country.
In order to qualify for a UK Student Visa the student has to be accepted to study a full time degree program or a 15 hour weekday, full time course at a publicly funded university, an independent fee paying school or a private education institute.
The student has to prove they can meet the costs of accommodation, food, and course fees. The student also has to plan to leave the UK when they graduate. The UK has both long and short term visas. Short term single entry and short term multiple visas are for less than 6 months. Long term multiple visas are for more than 6 months.
No matter what type of visa a student has they should be allowed to complete the education they have started. Immigration officials should make allowance for those who have already started their education. They may need to seek the help of an immigration attorney. The attorneys are ready to assist.
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