A new visa pilot scheme will make moving to the UK easier for international students who achieve a place on Imperial’s Master’s programmes, including the Full-Time MBA.
The Tier 4 Visa pilot scheme, launched this week by the Home Office, supports applications from talented students from across the world who wish to study at Imperial and three other UK universities.
Those who achieve places on Imperial’s one-year Master’s programmes, including the Full-Time MBA, will gain access to a streamlined visa application process. Students will also be granted an additional six months on their UK visa after their course ends, allowing for extra time to find work or pursue further study and research.
Imperial joins the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Bath in piloting the scheme, which will affect visa applications decided on or after 25 July 2016. It is open to students commencing their studies in 2016/17 or 2017/18. Students who have already had a decision on their visa made before 25 July 2016 will be able to apply through Imperial College London to get the additional time added on to the visa once they are in the UK.
Imperial’s President Professor Alice Gast said: “International students are a priority for Imperial and they add to our diverse community in myriad ways. They bring creative, entrepreneurial and academic excellence.
“This pilot scheme is an encouraging step forward. The ability to stay on for six months will bring benefits to the students and to the country as our talented graduates will be able to pursue their entrepreneurial ideas, further study or add to the UK’s talent pool.”
Welcoming the news, Diane Morgan, Associate Dean of Imperial College Business School, said: “The UK government has recognised only four UK universities for the honour of running this pilot scheme.
“Imperial attracts the best and brightest students from around the world. Not only will the UK benefit from the creativity and innovation of our graduate entrepreneurs, but UK employers will be able to offer additional opportunities to our outstanding graduates that would not have otherwise been possible without this scheme.”