UK Home Office policy affecting international students and the impact this has on Britain’s image as a study destination overseas was the subject of lively debate at Study UK’s annual conference today, with commentators predicting a demise in the diversity of education institutions operating in the current policy landscape.
Education agents can now apply for visas on behalf of students hoping to study in New Zealand, through the government’s online immigration portal. Passport-free eVisas for visa waiver countries will be introduced later this year.
Multiple internal government reviews have revealed delays and errors in visa processing in Canada, seeing processing times increase by a third for study permits and double for permanent residence permits.
The Irish government will introduce an interim list of approved providers further restricting the number of programmes that can be used for visa purposes after its deferral in January. Institutions must meet the requirements by October this year to be included.
Buckinghamshire New University has had its licence to sponsor Tier 4 international students suspended, making it the first UK university to fall foul of the Home Office's visa refusal threshold of 10%.