MUMBAI: To give aspiring students more clarity on the new visa rules, the British Council will set up a stall by the United Kingdom Border Agency(UKBA) in its annual exhibition conducted across the country. The UKBA has recently changed visa rules for students applying for higher studies in their country. The most important change introduced that would affect a majority of students is discontinuing the post-study work visa from April 2012.
The Education UK exhibition, which is scheduled to be held on November 15 in Mumbai, will have more than 100 representatives from over 80 UK institutions. It will travel to six cities in India after starting from Delhi. More than 7,000 students are expected to visit the exhibitions across the country. Sunit Koli, head of education UK (west India), said, "We want to make the exhibition this year as a one-stop-shop where all queries from students would be answered. Usually, we have a one-hour session on students' visas, which is also a feature this year. However, in that session, it is not possible to get all queries answered. So, we are having a separate stall by the UKBA. A visa officer will be present to clarify all doubts."
A key point in this year's exhibition is to make students understand which policies would be applicable to them and what requirements they need to fulfill to seek a visa under the tier-4 category (students-general). Under the tightened visa rules, the UK government has banned 1,900 banks, most of them co-operative, whose financial statements will not be accepted for students' visa purpose.