From 6 April 2012, there are several changes to Student visas (Tier 4) and Post study work visas (part of Tier 1).

1.Post Study Work Visa: Tier 2
Earlier a part of Tier 1, UK's post-study work visa scheme has been closed to new applicants.To work in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland after completion of studies, candidates have to now apply for a Tier 2 (General) visa.

Eligibility for Tier 2 Visa:

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  • Recent graduates with a Bachelor or Master’s degree, PhD, PGCE or PGDE from a UK recognised or listed body.
  • An offer of a skilled job ( meeting certain salary criteria) from an employer who is a licensed sponsor with UKBA.

2. Budding Entrepreneur: Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)
British universities who sign up to the scheme will be able to act as immigration 'sponsor' for:

  • A student who has completed a degree course in the UK
  • Who wants to develop ideas or entrepreneurial skills by setting up a business in the UK and is sponsored by the institution where he/she has studied.

No of places: A limit of 1,000 places under this scheme in the 1st year.
 
3. Tier 5 temporary worker visa:
 
Eligibility:

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  • A Graduate who has a job offer from a licensed sponsor
  • passes a points-based assessment.

4. Tier 4 student visa:

Some changes:

For an adult Tier 4 student visa: demonstration or proof of  minimum amount of money to cover the living costs.

  • £1,000 for each month of your course up to a maximum of nine months for a student in inner London
  • in other regions of the UK, Rs £800 a month up to a maximum of nine months.

Note: The amount for dependants and Tier 4 Child visas is also going up.

Duration of study in the UK on a Tier 4 visa: five years on courses at degree level.
Exceptions: Undergraduates  whose degree course is four or five years long and aims to study for  a Master's degree or PhD at a higher education institution (recognised body or institution in receipt of public funding)
Students of a specific course: architecture, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and science, law, music (at a conservatoire).
 
Working while you study on a Tier 4 visa

Students who plan to do a work placement as part of their course:
Those are studying a course below degree level and/or are not at a higher education institution, any work placements must be limited to one third of the total course time (previously the limit was 50 per cent).
Those are studying at degree level or above at a higher education institution, can spend 50 per cent of your time on a work placement.

For more details see UK Border Agency website.

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