Immigration officers have been bestowed with power to judge your English language skills. Foreign students with Study visas who have already taken admission and have cleared approved language tests could be restricted entry to UK.
Staff at visa offices will have this new power starting from 30th July, 2012. The rule is to track down fraud applicants who migrate to UK with a student visa. But the new rule can be a bane for real students as the staff at visa offices are not trained for language assessment.
Damian Green, UK immigration minister said “With more interviews and greater powers to refuse bogus students we will weed out abuse and protect the UK from those looking to play the system.” UKBA expects 14,000 student interviews under the Tier 4 student visa category in next 12 months. This will be an increase of 5% of the 250,000 expected applicants.
Interviews will be conducted mostly for students from countries where migration abuse is more and also for the students who have taken admission to colleges and universities that are not included on the UKBA’s “highly trusted sponsor” list. Interviewees should prove their English skills without the help of an interpreter. The candidate’s application will be rejected if the student fails in the test or fails to attend the interview.
The questions will be mostly on
- Education history
- Study and post-study plans
- Financial circumstances
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