Thursday, March 12, 2009

Pending changes to the immigration rules

As issue of concern if you are an non-EU student in the UK and you need need to extend your current student visa.

The new Points Based System for student visas (Tier 4) will be implemented from the 31st of March 2009.

For visa extensions of nine months or less, you will need to provide evidence of any remaining course fees to be paid plus £600pm (up to a maximum of £1200) living costs.

If more than nine months you will need to provide evidence of your first year’s fees plus £1200 living costs.

In addition, if you have any dependants. you will need to show evidence of funds to support such dependants. The amount has not been fixed yet but is tentatively £533 (per month) for each dependant (including children) for applications made to other PBS tiers so we anticipate that it will be similar if not the same for Tier 4 applications although a limit of 2 months may also be set here.

Moreover, these funds must have been in your bank account for 28 days prior to the date of your visa application and the balance of your account cannot drop below the amounts specified above even for one day or your application will not be valid.

Read the policy guidance for Tier 4 applications.

All supporting documents must be dated no more than one calendar month before you make your application.

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