How Will The New UK International Visa Rules Affect You?
It’s been one month (17 July 2023) since you may have heard of the new changes that the UK Government published to the Immigrant Rules which affect international students studying in the UK. So if you’re an international student looking to study a postgraduate research programme, you’ll need to be aware of what the changes mean to you.
What are the changes?
There are two parts to the changes.
Firstly, as an international student, you will no longer be able to switch your study route visa to a work route visa before you complete your course. This means you will be unable to drop out of your course and work elsewhere in the UK. You are encouraged to complete your studies before switching.
Secondly, from January 2024, if you are an international student studying a non-research postgraduate course, you will be unable to bring family members to the UK during your studies. These include your immediate family such as your mother, father, spouse or children.
What are ‘non-research’ programmes?
Typically, there are two different types of master’s taught at the postgraduate level. These are taught and research programmes. But what are the differences between the two?
Research master’s are independent in nature – you won’t have many classes on your timetable (maybe even none). Instead, the focus of your programme will be on your own research work, which you’ll still be able to receive support and guidance from your lecturer and expert supervisors.
Taught master’s are similar to undergraduate programmes. You’ll have a set series of modules with timetables for seminars, lecturers, and other activities. You won’t have as much autonomy on your chosen topic as the lecturers and academic leaders will lead you through your course.
You can find more information about the new rules on the UK Government website for Student Visa.