ip target image
You are currently browsing our site with content tailored to students in your country

Our cookies

We use cookies to offer you a better browsing experience with personalized content, relevant ads and enhanced functionalities. By allowing all you agree to the use of cookies as per the cookie policy and remember you can manage your preferences anytime.
The basics
THE UK: Latest News - Must read

New UK points-based visa system explained

We explore what the new visa policy involves for international students coming to the UK for their studies.

share image

The UK has confirmed its new points-based visa system, which requires international students (EU and non-EU) to have 70 points upon entering the country, will be launched from October 5th, 2020. This system will replace the Tier 4 visa route which currently only applies to non-EU students and has been implemented earlier than the expected January 2021 date.


We’re going to run you through the specifics of these changes and how this might impact you and your studies in the UK.


How do I gain 70 points?

For your student visa application to be accepted, you will need to satisfy each of the following criteria:


What are the benefits of the new system?

The points-based system is intended to be more streamlined for both EU and non-EU students applying to study in the UK. You can now apply for an international student visa up to six months before your course starts, which is up from three months as originally required under the Tier 4 visa route.


You will not have to resubmit proof of your academic qualifications with your visa application as was necessary under the Tier 4 visa system.


The UK government has also announced that there will be no limit on the number of international students who are allowed to study in the UK under this new process. This change has been implemented to increase the total number of international students entering the UK each year to 600,000 by 2030.


Students who have already provided proof of that they are able to financially support themselves for one year in the UK will not have to resubmit this evidence at a later date. This will reduce the amount of paperwork that you need to submit. In terms of meeting the maintenance requirements, electronic bank statements will be sufficient, and a wider variety of accounts can be used as evidence of your eligibility.


The Minister for Future Borders and Immigration, Kevin Foster, said, “Launching the student route early sends a clear message to the world we want the best and brightest to come to the UK to study at our globally renowned education institutions.”


Post study work visa

This new points-based system will allow international students who have completed a degree at a recognised UK institution to remain in the UK to work for two years after graduation (three years for PhD graduates). This post-study work visa is expected to commence in the summer of 2021 and applies to all skill levels.


Now that you understand the new points-based system, you can use our course matcher tool to find a course in the UK and don’t forget to check out our beginner’s guide to studying in the UK.

Study in the UK


'Study in the UK' eBook

Enjoy what you’ve read? We’ve condensed the above popular topics about studying in the UK into one handy digital book.

Get your eBook

Must read

article Img

New post-study work visa for international students

One of the key factors for international students evaluating possible academic destinations is the potential for post-study opportunities, including employment. Gearing up to study abroad comes with a significant amount of planning, deliberation and the associated anxiety of starting a new chapter in an unfamiliar environment.  Being able to have a clearer vision of what may lie ahead does much to allay any fear or trepidation.  Students who have been

article Img

Brexit impact for EU students in the UK

It’s not an exaggeration to say that more words have been written and spoken about Brexit than most other topics in recent times. Endless newspaper columns, websites and talk shops have attempted to wrestle with the possible implications of the UK leaving the EU. There is confusion and consternation, from which the Higher Education sector, universities and students have not been exempt. Policy certainty and the associated planning is a priority, and this is

article Img

UK confirms commitment to international students

From world renowned institutions and one of the top-rated higher education systems globally, to a dynamic student lifestyle and post-study work options, the UK remains very high on the list of desirable destinations for international students. With the advent of the coronavirus and the significant changes this has brought many international students have faced challenges in pursuing their study abroad ambitions. From uncertainty around travel restrictions and visa