The new rules are being introduced on 6 April 2012 to help protect you from bogus colleges and to ensure your UK degree is recognised by employers around the world.
We highlight the major new differences below.
Working After You Graduate
The post-study work (PSW) visa will no longer be available to students wishing to work in the UK after graduation. However, it is still possible to work in the UK after your studies.
Here’s the two main options:
- Tier 2 (General) Visa
Open to recent graduates with a Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD or PGCE from a recognised UK university. Before applying you will need to be offered a skilled job from a registered employer. You will also need to earn a salary of at least £20,000 per annum.
- Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa
Open to talented students who are developing a world-class business idea. You will need to be identified and sponsored by your university as having the potential to create your own business in the UK.
Working While Studying
The good news is you can still work for up to 20 hours a week during your studies and full-time during your holidays to help support your studies. This only applies if you are studying a degree level course for longer than 6 months at a university or college that is is listed on both the Highly Trusted Sponsor (HTS) list and the list of ‘recognised bodies’.
Under the new rules you will need £1,000 per month of your course if you live in inner London or £800 per month of your course if you live in outer London. This will ensure you are able to meet the cost of living and studying in the UK.
When Can You Apply?
As with the old rules, you will still need to be offered a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) from your chosen university before you can apply for a visa. The English language requirements also remain the same.
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