Pilot Visa Program To Extend To 23 More Universities

21 Dec 2017, 21 mins ago

A scheme to streamline the process for international students looking to study on a Masters course in the UK has been extended to 23 further universities for their 2018/2019 intakes.  The scheme has already been in place with the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Bath and Imperial College London.  

The scheme is only applicable to Masters courses that are 13 months long in duration (or less).  Essentially, the University is given the responsibility for eligibility checks, meaning that the students are required to submit fewer documents with their application.  The university will decide if the application should be accepted or refused, and if accepted, the application will be passed onto the Home Office for security and identity checks.  

The new scheme also allows students to remain in the UK for 6 months after they have finished their course, meaning that those looking for work in the UK will have a greater opportunity to do so.  

These universities were selected since their visa refusal rates are consistently the lowest in their region or area.  The list includes the following universities:

  • Cardiff University
  • Goldsmiths University of London
  • Harper Adams University
  • Newcastle University
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  • University of Bristol
  • Durham University
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Essex
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Reading
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Wales Trinity St. David (Swansea Campus)
  • University of Warwick
  • University of York

Gherson has an experienced staff that specialises in assisting with visas in all immigration categories. We are widely regarded as one of the leading firms in immigration and have received a number of awards for our services.  

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