The United Kingdom is racing against time to launch a new immigration system, which it adopted after withdrawing from the European Union, and the student visa is the first implementation of the new point-based system. The applicant must obtain the most points, noting that the maximum is 70 points.
In a precedent, the first of its kind, the government launched the study visa path, starting from October 1 this year, earlier than the usual date, in order to activate the new immigration system, and to be the start with those wishing to enroll in British universities, and because the government intends to attract the largest number of foreign students, Fearing the great shortage that its universities may know, due to the departure of a number of European students from the Kingdom and their return to their countries.
It appears that London is betting on students from Asian and Arab countries, and the government has allocated a promotional clip that it published in Arabic to encourage Arab students to take advantage of the new immigration system, which will be smoother than its predecessor.
What is the new student visa system?
The new system for immigration and obtaining the study visa, in the United Kingdom, is based on points, which means that the applicant will have to meet 3 conditions that are the most important to collect the largest number of points that must be close to 70 points, and these conditions are obtaining approval from A British university, and a certificate of proficiency in English and a level that allows the student to continue his studies in this language, and the third condition is to provide financial guarantees to cover the expenses of studying in the United Kingdom.
Who is entitled to benefit from the new immigration system?
On October 5, the British government opened the door for students wishing to enroll in universities starting from the spring of next year, and everyone who applied for university studies in Britain after that date will be able to benefit from the facilities of the new system, as for those who previously applied for a study visa Before this date you will not benefit.
What does the new system bring for students?
The British government decided to grant a good margin for students after obtaining their university degrees. Under the previous system, students had to leave the country a few months after obtaining a university degree, but in the new system, those with a master’s degree will have the right to stay in the country for two years, As for those with a doctorate degree, they have the right to stay for 3 years, which provides them with a good chance to get a job.
For example, a student who will start his university path from the first year in Britain, and if he obtains a doctorate, then he will be able to stay for three years legally, and then obtain permanent residence in the country.
What are the benefits for the student?
In the new system, the British government removed the ceiling of 8 years, as a maximum for university study, which means that if students have the means, they can extend their university studies to 10 years, and at that time they can apply for permanent residence in the United Kingdom, and then obtain British citizenship, as well as That the student will be able to change his immigration status from a student to a worker in the event that he obtains a work contract in an easier manner, without the need to return to his country of origin and apply for a work visa.
Is there a specific number of foreigners universities are entitled to receive?
In the past, British universities used to set a ceiling for the number of foreign students they receive, given the high number of European students in these universities, so they used to apply a kind of “quota” to the rest of the students coming from different countries of the world, but through the new system, there will be no cap on the number Foreign students, and the government has set a goal of receiving 600,000 foreign students by 2030.
The British government is trying to raise the attractiveness of its universities compared to the European ones, after leaving the European Union, as it knows that it will face fierce competition from these universities, in addition to the loss of a large number of European students, which may threaten university budgets, and only foreign students are able to fill this void.
Is there a difference between Arab students and others?
In the past, students coming from the countries under the European Union were treated like their British counterparts, but through the new immigration system, any student who does not hold British nationality will be considered a foreigner, which makes the Arab student have the same chances of getting a seat in a university like him Like other foreign students, the new system increases its chances of obtaining approval for a study visa because there will be no preferential treatment for any non-British student.
Is it possible to work while studying?
Most of the time foreign students are entitled to work in parallel with their studies, but provided that the period of work does not exceed 20 hours per week, and full-time work on school holidays, but there are some restrictions on the work of foreign students, so the student must first make sure that his university allows foreigners to work, because there are Universities in delicate specializations that prohibit their students to work except for very limited hours, and others that do not allow their students to work except within the facilities of the campus and the university district.