Visa Guidance Programme
United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA)
According to the UKBA the following important policy changes have been introduced and are in effect from 1st July 2013.
- From now on PHD students completing their course can stay for up to 12months beyond the end of course to find skilled work or set up as an entrepreneur.
- Loan letters are not acceptable for Tier 4 General and Child students. Bank statements are acceptable provided they are in the applicants or parents name only.
- Visa Interviews are now mandatory for all students applying to study in the UK. The UKBA will be conducting the interviews via a Skype call and will take place in Visa Application Centres at the time of the visa application submission.
- Students can file for graduate entrepreneur visas of 1 year duration after completing their masters’ degree for UKBA approved universities such as Aston, Warwick etc. Each university can nominate between 10 to 20 students from a batch for graduate entrepreneur visa depending upon the performance of the student.
- UKBA has amended an exemption to the 5 year limit to study at degree level for students studying music at a Conservatoire.
- A single visa cannot be issued to cover both a pre-sessional course and a main course, where entry onto the main course is conditional on passing the pre-sessional course.
Role of PFL in Visa Guidance:
It stands to reason that without a successful student visa application, no amount of time and effort spent on identifying the correct course/location will help you achieve your goal of studying in the UK.
PFL are experts in guiding you through the visa application process.
PFL cannot, of course, make any guarantees that you will be successful in obtaining your student visa. However, we can give you total assurance that if you are a serious candidate with real intentions to study in the UK, you are significantly increasing your chances of achieving your goal.
Here are a few reasons why you should be using PFL’s excellent student visa guidance programme:
FACT: Each year a vast majority of student’s visa applications get REJECTED due to a number of reasons such as:
- Lack of information about the visa documents
- Fear of appearing in the interview
- Insufficient financial documents
- Improper information on CAS letters etc.
Why are so many students rejected a student visa, even if they appear to have adequate financial means?
FACT: After the recent changes in UKBA policy in March 2013 loan letters are not acceptable anymore. Only bank statements in the applicants or parents name are acceptable for TIER 4 General student or Child visas.
FACT: In a majority of cases, students do have sufficient funds to support their application, but the amount is not maintained for a certain period of time as specified by the UKBA or and/or the account title is not correct. It is vitally important that students have a solid understanding about the exact process for a successful visa application otherwise they can, and will be, refused for the most minor of mistakes.
So why do they get rejected?
- Lack of understanding from the applicant as to what information is really important to the British High Commission (BHC).
- Documents not completed satisfactorily with information that is missing, conflicting or incomplete.
- Incomplete financial documents or insufficient evidence of financial capability of the student and/or their sponsor.
- Lack of thought by the applicant in how to present their case to the BHC.
- Unsatisfactory performance during the student visa interviews at visa application centers.
So why can PFL help in the visa application process?
PFL managers/counselors have up to 11 years of experience of guiding student visa applications. This experience allows the PFL staff to:
- Examine all documents supplied by a student and point out areas within the supporting documents where a student may be vulnerable to rejection.
- Prepare students on how to appear and conduct themselves for visa interviews, which is especially important as every student now has to appear for a Skype Interview at the visa application center during the submission of their visa files. The majority of students who are rejected by UKBA after their interview didn’t have adequate information about the course modules, course start dates, financial information, accommodation etc. Whereas PFL can help prepare the students to appear for their interviews successfully.
- Provide students with up to date information about any recent changes to the UKBA visa applications process, and to prepare the visa application with all the necessary documents to positively aide students in securing a visa successfully.
- Guide and provide advice on a broader perspective to students on all aspects of the student visa application process.
- Present the financial position of students or their sponsors in a manner that will promote the maximum confidence needed by the BHC that funds are available for study purposes.
In the unfortunate event that your visa application is rejected, PFL will examine the reasons provided by the UKBA and, where we feel a genuine and obvious error has occurred, will seek a reconsideration of the decision without the need of a second visa application.
REMEMBER: NO STUDENT VISA = NO UK STUDY
...so why take chances? Put the odds in your favour - contact your local PFL office to assist with your student visa application today!
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