Scottish Universities introduce plan for easier foreign student visas

Students from the United States and the Far East are to benefit from a new scheme which makes it easier to get a visa to study in Scotland.

University of Glasgow and University of Edinburgh will be the first two Scottish universities to join the scheme, which will make it easier for foreign students to get visas or find permanent work in Scotland and the rest of the UK. Other Scottish universities will join the scheme as quickly as possible.

International students will be able to apply for new Tier 4 visas. The scheme will provide greater support for students who wish to switch to a work visa and take up a graduate role as it allows them to remain in the UK for six months after they have finished their course - compared with four at present.

The universities taking part are given responsibility for eligibility checks which means that students can submit fewer documents than required in the current process alongside their visa applications.

If you are interested in studying in Scotland, you can find out more about it here.

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