United Kingdom (UK) has traditionally been one of the most sought after destinations for Indian students who keen to pursue higher education. However, the recent changes in the UK government’s visa rules has become a reason of concern among students. The changes, in fact, are designed to ensure that those coming as students should primarily concentrate on their studies and not work. UK continues to welcome all Indian students who wish to study at UK education institutions and meet the new criteria. The new visa rules are in place to support them. Some of the new reforms have gradually been introduced in 2011 and 2012. The last set of changes was introduced on April 6, 2012.This included a change to the arrangements under which many international students may remain in the UK and work after their studies.
Admitting that most Indian students are keen to work in the UK after they graduate so that they can have an option of financing their studies. In the past, the post-study work visa enabled many students to stay in the country to find the right job, while working on smaller assignments which did not require any qualification. But with the new changes, every deserving, hard-working student may get a job that fits their qualification. The country is still open to talented Indians. With the new rules in place, the UK government wants the best of international students to come to the country to study at high quality education institutions. The new changes announced by the government are to protect the interests of genuine students and target the areas where there has been any abuse by education providers, students and their agents.
All students should be concerned about their quality education, which most UK institutions offer. Also, students should not confuse the reason why they are going to UK i.e. for the purpose of getting education not for employment. They should go to UK only for the quality education, which is a richer investment for life. The first step that every student must follow before going overseas for study is to decide about their course of study, then research the best options available. This is known as the three Cs of studying abroad course, college, country. For an undergraduate degree, students have to apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). Postgraduate applications do not have a centralised admission process and are university specific mostly through online applications. UK is also known for its strong research environment. Research is led by the Russell Group, a collaboration of 20 UK universities that together receive two-thirds of research grant and contract funding in the United Kingdom.