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You could win ‘£50’ by taking part in NUS's important research for international students

User AvatarPosted by Laura Bryan at 12/06/2014 15:39:30
You could win ‘£50’ by taking part in our important research for international students

NUS (The National Union of Students) are working with The Entrepreneur’s Network (TEN) to find out more about the experiences of International Students in the UK after they study. We are looking for international students to share their thoughts and experiences of working and/or setting up a business in the UK. This survey is for students of all levels at both Higher and Further Education institutions.

The link to the survey is: http://nussurveys.org.uk/Surveys/post_study_work/post_study_work.htm

The survey will take you approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete and closes at 9am on Monday 23rd June.

NUS will be using the research from this survey in several key reports over the summer including a report from NUS and TEN on International Students and Entrepreneurship.

New Visa Application Fees from 06 April 2014

Posted by Laura Bryan at 07/03/2014 16:17:34

From 06 April 2014 visa application fees will increase.  Any visa application made on or after 06 April 2014 will be subject to the new increased fees.  For details of what the new fees will be please visit:


For information: the Tier 4 visa extension application made within the UK will be increasing from £406 to £422. 

Survey on International Student Safety

Posted by Laura Bryan at 24/02/2014 14:25:41

The British Council are running a survey to find out international students' views on personal safety whilst in the UK. 

If yolu would like to complete this survey please do so by 28 March 2014 by clicking on the link below.  Those who do will be entered into the draw for £100 in Amazon vouchers.

British Council International Student Survey [^]


Suspension of TOEIC and TOEFL testing in the UK

Posted by Laura Bryan at 14/02/2014 13:34:32

  You may have seen in the press that The Home Office has recently instructed the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to suspend its TOEIC and TOEFL testing in the UK due to potential concerns regarding fraud. The Home Office has also suspended processing student immigration applications in the UK that include ETS qualifications, while it investigates. Applications made using ETS qualifications will not be refused or rejected on this basis but may be delayed.

If you were intending to take or have already taken an ETS English language test in the UK for use in your immigration application, for a course below degree level, you should arrange to take a test with one of the five other providers of secure English language tests that are approved by the Home Office instead.

If you need to make an extension application to the Home Office very soon, please do not allow your immigration permission to expire while you wait to sit a test with one of the other five providers. Please contact the Advice Zone straightaway who will be happy to offer help and advice.

For more information from the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA), please click here.

International students - would you like to visit a British family?

Posted by Laura Bryan at 17/01/2014 11:18:47
HOST is an organisation that arranges weekend and day visits with British families for international students.  Aston will pay half the cost of this visit for you.  To find out more, visit: http://www1.aston.ac.uk/current-students/hub/iss/host/ 

National Union of Students (NUS) Survey - Immigration Bill Proposals

Posted by Laura Bryan at 15/01/2014 11:59:12

The NUS have developed a short survey to find out students' views on proposals contained in the Immigration Bill.  They are looking for as many responses as possible before the survey finally closes on 31 January.  If you want to express your opinions on this Bill and what it might mean for international students please follow the link to the survey below:

NUS survey on Immigration Bill proposals


Croatia has joined the EU

Posted by Laura Bryan at 12/07/2013 09:47:01
Since 1st July 2013 Croatia is now part of the European Union and from this date Croatian nationals are now able to enter and live in the UK without needing immigration permission. Any Croatian students who enter the UK without immigration permission after this date for the purposes of study and who wish to work in the UK will first need to get permission from the Home Office. For more information please visit: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/croatia/ or contact The Hub for advice.

Aston international students would not be affected by £3000 bond

Posted by Laura Bryan at 28/06/2013 10:00:42
There have been recent media reports suggesting that some visitors to the UK may, in the future, have to pay a £3,000 returnable bond. Fortunately Aston University Tier 4 students will not be affected by the bond.

If and when it is introduced, the bond will apply only to foreign nationals needing a visit visa to come to the UK for a 6 month period.

Aston University welcomes applications from international students and is proud to hold a Tier 4 sponsor licence as a Highly Trusted Sponsor. Students applying to Aston University are entitled to free visa advice and support from our highly rated visa advisers. We were ranked 5th in the UK for our visa advice in the autumn wave of the International Student Barometer 2012.

For more information click here http://www1.aston.ac.uk/current-students/hub/iss/visas/


Tier 2 - Minimum Salary Increase and 'new entrants' salary

Posted by Laura Bryan at 08/03/2013 09:29:04

The minimum salary for the Tier 2 General visa will increase from £20,000 to £20,300 from 6th April 2013.  This means that to be able to apply for the Tier 2 General visa for working in the UK after your course you must be paid at £20,300 per year or above.  In some cases you may need to be paid more.  Please contact The Hub for more information on this.

The Home Office has also announced that it will introduce lower "new entrants" wages for Tier 2 General.  This will be for recent graduates switching from a Tier 4 Student or old style Student visa to a Tier 2 General visa and who meet the post-study work provisions.

For example, a new entrant Financial Manager will be expected to earn at least £25,600 rather than the normal salary of £37,500 and a new entrant Business Analyst will be expected to earn at least £24,900 rather than the normal salary of £30,600.

Loan Letters as Evidence of Funds for Tier 4 Visa Extension

Posted by Laura Bryan at 26/02/2013 09:11:20
From 28 February 2013 if you wish to use a loan letter as evidence of your funds this letter must confirm that:

"the loan is provided by the national government, the state or regional government or a government sponsored student loan company or is part of an academic or educational loans scheme."

This will affect all applications made on or after 28 February 2013 in the UK and overseas.

Please see our webpage for further information.

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To get the most up to date advice, always speak with an adviser. Browse the most recently updated ISSU pages, listed below:

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