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UK opens new simplified student immigration routes

14 September 2020

The UK government has announced that new routes for international students to apply for visas and study in the UK will open early.

It is claimed a new points-based immigration system will “open up the UK to the brightest and the best from around the world”. After inititally being planned to begin from January 2021, the student route and child student route will come into effect from October 5th.

In a statement, the government also said: "We recognise that as a result of coronavirus, some overseas students are choosing to defer their entry onto courses in the UK until the spring semester of 2021. Introducing these new routes now means that students will be able to benefit from the new streamlined process whilst still giving sponsors time to adapt after their autumn intake."

Minister for Future Borders and Immigration Kevin Foster added:"Launching the Student route early sends a clear message to the world we want the best and brightest to come to the UK to study at our globally renowned education institutions".

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