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UK to tighten permanent residency rules in 2016

From 2016 non-EU nationals will have to earn at least £35,000 per annum to apply for permanent residency in the UK, it was confirmed this week. The measure, which is part of new immigration rules announced in February, is designed to “break the link between coming to the UK to work and staying forever”, but could further damage the UK’s appeal as a study destination.

BAC unveils accreditation for non-UK institutions

The British Accreditation Council (BAC), one of the UK's leading quality assurance bodies for private higher and further education, has launched an ambitious scheme to accredit non-British providers based outside the UK. Any provider meeting the eligibility criteria may apply, suggesting huge scope for the scheme to expand.

Cameron expands Science Without Borders, UK

UK prime minister, David Cameron, has expanded Brazil’s Science without Borders scholarship programme in the UK to include pre-sessional English courses, following reports students were being turned away after failing English entry tests. Along with additional PhD funding the courses will be worth an extra £20 million to the UK.

London Met students granted reprieve

International students affected by London Metropolitan University's stripping of HTS status will be able to continue their studies from Monday, after a high court ruling last week. The decision comes as London Metropolitan University is granted the right to take legal action against the government via a judicial review for revoking its highly trusted sponsor status last month.

London Met could halt revocation of HTS licence

London Metropolitan University has launched legal action against the government after losing its right to recruit non-EU students last week, denying alleged “systemic” failures. According to an immigration law expert, the university could force an injunction preventing revocation of the licence until a full hearing has taken place.