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UK Temporarily Bans Student Visa Applications Received from Northern India, Bangladesh, and Nepal

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The United Kingdom, from February 1, 2010, has temporarily banned applications received from Students in Northern India (New Delhi, Chandigarh and Jalandhar), Bangladesh, and Nepal to prevent suspected abuse of the UK immigration system. The ban is to be reviewed again at the end of February 2010.

UK immigration authorities have reported a huge increase in the last three months of 2009 (13,500 applications in three months) as compared to the same period in 2008 (1,800) and the UK government is concerned that these student visa applications may not be in good faith and may be an attempted route for some to stay in the UK on a long-term basis.

So for instance, after students complete their studies, they are entitled to apply for Tier 1 Post Study Work visa which enables them to work for two years. After completion of the two year Tier 1 Post Study Work visa, one is eligible to apply for Tier 1 Immigration Scheme for General Highly Skilled Migrants which can result in settlement in the UK.

In the meantime, UK visa offices are expected to step up scrutiny and make additional checks on student visa applications received.

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Written by MithrasLaw

February 10, 2010 at 11:20 am

Posted in UK Immigration

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