Wider TB testing from 31 December:
The Immigration Rules change from 31 December 2013 so that people in many additional countries will have to obtain a certificate confirming they do not have infectious pulmonary tuberculosis before they make their immigration application to come to the UK. It depends on where the application is made, not the applicant's nationality. This does not apply to visitors including student visitors who apply to come for six months or less.
The full list of affected countries is in the Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules [^]. Some of the changes that will have the greatest impact on students are:
- All applicants, and not just those applying for settlement, in China, Hong Kong and Macau must obtain a certificate
- Nigeria, the Russian Federation and Ukraine have been added to the list
These changes affect entry clearance applications that are decided on or after 31 December 2013, even if the application is submitted before that date.
Amendment: On 18 December 2013 a further Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules was published, removing Algeria and Ukraine from the list of countries that require TB screening "due to logistical challenges in providing screening."
Increased Fees: The visa application fee for Tier 4 (General) Students will increase in April 2013 to £298.
Example bank statement: We now have an example copy of what your bank statements should include. Please note this is an example and must not be used with any visa application.
The use of loan letters as evidence of your funds: The Immigration Rules will change on 28 February 2013 with the result that 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. Therefore if you will be using a loan from a different source (such as from a bank) and you are going to make your application on or after 28 February 2013 then you should transfer the funds into your own bank account (or that of your parents or legal guardian) and wait 28 days before using one of the other forms of evidence such as a personal bank or building society statement.
Increased Maintenance: The amount of money that students need to show for maintenance as part of visa applications changed in April 2012. Students coming to study at Aston University now need to show that they have at least £800 per month up to a maximum of nine months (£7200) + enough money to pay all the remaining tuition fees. If you are paying money to Aston University for accommodation (rent), you can now only use a maximum of £1000 of this towards meeting the maintenance requirements for your visa.
Limits on Time in the UK: The UKBA have introduced a 5 year time limit for students studying at degree level with a Tier 4 General visa. There are be special arrangements for some Master's degree and PhD students.
Tuberculosis Screening: The UKBA have expanded the number of countries which require pre-entry tuberculosis (TB) screening for a visa of more than 6 months in length. The full list is available here.
Contact Us: If after reading the information above you have further questions and would like to speak to an adviser, please email email@example.com or call +44 (0)121 204 4567 for advice. It is also possible to arrange a Skype appointment with an International Student Adviser - you can request a Skype appointment by contacting us on the email address and phone number above.