The recent changes in immigration rules, introduced by the British Government for non-European students studying at further education (FE) colleges will not have an adverse affect on students studying at UK university at degree level or above.
As per the new rule, which will be implemented in the month of August 2015, students studying at publicly funded FE colleges will not be allowed to work and extend their Tier 4 visas.
Besides this, students are not allowed to take up the new course at the same level unless there is a link to their previous course or students are required to obtain a confirmation from the university that the course would support their career aspiration.
If not, students are expected to leave the UK and apply for a visa from outside the UK for the new course, which they wish to pursue.
According to reports, "Students who are not studying at a university degree level or above can no longer switch from the Tier 4 study visa to the Tier 2 (for skilled jobs) or Tier 5 (youth mobility visa for two years of work). Also, the time limit for study at FE colleges has been reduced from three years to two."
Speaking to TOI, Stuart Adam, director of communications, British High Commission, Delhi, said that the number of students going to FE colleges from India is much smaller as compared to those going to universities.
"The policy changes are the next step from the changes introduced in 2012 where bogus colleges or those with lower ethics were removed from the lists of licensed sponsors," he added.
Stating on the issue, UK immigration minister James Brokenshire said, immigration offenders want to sell illegal access to the UK jobs market and there are plenty of people willing to buy.
"Reforms including introducing English language testing, removing sponsorship rights from hundreds of bogus colleges, and restricting students' access to the jobs market are part of our new rule to regulate immigration," he said.