Latest UK Student Visa Requirement - Point Based System (Tier-4):

 

VISA INTERVIEW FOR TIER-4 STUDENT

STUDENT VISA INTERVIEW

TIER-4 STUDENT VISA INTERVIEW

NOW COMPULSORY FOR ALL PAKISTANI TIER-4 VISA APPLICANTS AS OF 06/04/2012

 

IT IS A NEWS THAT NO FOREIGN EDUCATION CONSULTANT IN PAKISTAN WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW

 

NEW RULES: IN ORDER TO FILTER ONLY GENUINE STUDENTS FOR UK. THE UKBA HAS NOW IMPLEMENTED  DETAILED VISA INTERVIEW PROCEDURES BEGINNING  APRIL 06, 2012.  FOR ALL PAKISTANI TIER-4 VISA APPLICANTS NOW IMPLEMENTED AT BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION (BHC) ISLAMABAD.  CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER DETAILS AND NEWS.

 

WITH IN A 5 DAYS OR SO AFTER APPLYING VIA FEDEX, THE TIER-4 APPLICANT WOULD RECEIVE A TELEPHONE CALL FROM THE PHONE # 051-201-2000 (BHC /ISLAMABAD) AT HIS / HER CELLULAR  PHONE INFORMING  THAT AN INTERVIEW HAS BEEN SCHEDULED THROUGH AN INTERVIEW LETTER EMAILED ALREADY TO THE APPLICANT'S EMAIL ADDRESS. 

 

THE APPLICANT MUST ACKNOWLEDGE BACK THE EMAIL ATTACHED WITH INTERVIEW LETTER ONCE RECEIVED BY REPLYING TO THE SAME EMAIL ADDRESS.  IF THE APPLICANT FEELS THAT THE DATE QUOTED VERBALLY BY THE BHC STAFF ON THE TELEPHONE WAS NOT THE ONE WHICH WAS QUOTED IN THE INTERVIEW LETTER THEN HE / SHE MUST IMMEDIATELY EMAIL BACK AND NOTIFY SUCH AN ERROR.

 

IT MUST BE NOTED THAT FAILING TO ATTEND AN INTERVIEW OR NOT BEING ABLE TO APPEAR ON TIME WOULD RESULT IN ABSOLUTE REFUSAL UNDER PARA 320(8) OF UK IMMIGRATION AND ASYLUM ACT WHICH CLEARLY MEANS: AN APPLICANT CAN BE REGARDED "AS A PERSON WHO USED DECEPTION IN AN APPLICATION FOR AN ENTRY CLEARANCE" AND THEREFORE WOULD BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING INTO UK FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS OR SO.

NO FURTHER INTERVIEW APPOINTMENT WOULD BE SCHEDULED ONCE AN APPLICANT FAILS TO APPEAR FOR A PROPOSED INTERVIEW SLOT AT THE BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION (BHC) IN ISLAMABAD OR SHOW UP LATE. 

 

AT SUCH AN INTERVIEW; THE VISA OFFICER CAN BE EXPECTED TO ASK AS MANY AS 10-15 OF 25 DIFFERENT TYPICAL QUESTIONS IN ORDER TO CHECK AS TO WHETHER THE APPLICANT APPEARING FOR INTERVIEW DOES HAVE A CAPABILITY AND THE KNOWLEDGE OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE, THE COURSE RESEARCH, THE COLLEGE RESEARCH, THE CAS LETTER DETAILS, THE FINANCES AND MANY OTHER FACTORS.  THE INTERVIEW CAN LAST FROM 7-15 MINUTES OR MAY BE MORE SUBJECT TO THE DISCRETION OF THE VISA OFFICER.

 

REST ASSURED THAT THE INTERVIEW WOULD BE TAKEN BY THE BRITISH VISA OFFICER STATIONED AT BHC.  THEREFORE ONE SHOULD HAVE A FULL COMMAND & CAPABILITY NOT ONLY TO UNDERSTAND BUT ALSO IMMEDIATELY AND SPECIFICALLY ANSWER THE QUESTIONS ASKED IN A BRITISH ACCENT.  SO ONCE YOU HAVE APPLIED FOR TIER-4 VISA APPLICATION AT FEDEX; START PREPARING OR BRACE YOURSELF FOR AN INTERVIEW AT THE VISA SECTION IN BHC ISLAMABAD.

 

Since qualifying an interview is now regarded compulsory requirement for all Pakistani Tier-4  Applicants after April 06, 2012 for UK Student Visa therefore ...

EURO EDUCATION CONSULTANTS THE PIONEERS OF STUDENT VISA INTERVIEW PREPARATION  OFFER:

Free on-line telephonic interview test in a British Accent to check your capabilities. So call us to check yourself how much well-prepared you are for a visa interview at BHC Islamabad.  Note that the Mock Interview test calls would only be taken   from 02:00pm through 03:00pm Monday through Friday.
 

Only those candidates who have very recently submitted their Tier-4 visa applications at Gerry's FedEx Visa Centers, but have not been called for interview as yet, should call us.

 

THE NEW STRICT STUDENT VISA CHANGES WOULD CRIPPLE UK'S ANNUAL 40 BILLION  FOREIGN EDUCATION INDUSTRY.

(Click here for a fresh column by Mark Easton from BBC news / Thursday, 17 March 2011).

 

New and tougher Tier-4 student visa policy changes are to be implemented by UKBA that might would include the following steps:

 

1.  Enforce UK institutions to require foreign students to pay the full

     amount of course for one year at the minimum.  OR

 

2.  Enforce UK institutions to require foreign students to pay the full

     amount of entire course at the minimum.  OR

 

3. Abolishing loan letter or running finance facility as a show money.

    OR

 

4. Increasing 28 days holding time period of a personal bank

    statement to minimum 90 days or may be more . OR

 

5. Making  IELTS  mandatory  to   minimum  of  5.5   bandwidth  for  an

    assessment,  as  in Australian PBS system, and  that would include

    minimum IELTS requirement for all  NQF levels above 5 as well. The

    candidate would also require to obtain a minimum bandwidth of 5.0

    in all 4 components of IELTS. OR

 

6.Gradually decreasing the numbers of private colleges in UK over the

   period of one year to less than half by only authorizing government /

   public funded colleges / universities to have foreign students  who 

   would be allowed to work while studying in UK.  This clearly means

   that the foreign student from non-EU states would not be allowed to

   work at all if they choose privately funded colleges for study in UK.

 

7. Enforcement of all of the steps together as mentioned above.

 

LOAN LETTER OR BANK STATEMENT !!! WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE AMONG BOTH OF THEM.

 

As the last date of April 21, 2012 approaches nearer and  nearer, the requirement for maintenance funds to show in order to obtain Tier-4 student visa becomes even more important.  Although there has not been any change in post April 21, 2012 scenario as far as bank statement or loan letter is concerned, some applicant are still confused as to whether to use a bank statement or a loan letter.

 

Please CONTACT US at Euro and we would be more than glad to enlighten you as to which of these two documents is more beneficial to show the maintenance funds requirements and how they are "documented" with student visa application to UK / Australia.

 

WARNING... WARNING ... WARNING ...

FOR TIER-4 APPLICANTS

The UKBA has now come up with bunch of some new  irrelevant, baseless and ridiculous refusals for the Tier-4 student visa applicants to "bungle-up" the 30 points to zero with one of them as given under:

ECO's / Visa Officer's Horrible  Comments for a visa refusal:

"You have claimed 30 points of your CAS. However this office has not been able to verify your educational documents. The UKBA Guidance states (page 47 of Tier 4 policy guidance 04/2010) that if we cannot verify that the document is either genuine or false, we would then ignore it as evidence for scoring points. However in this case, I am satisfied that there were reasonable doubts about the authenticity of the educational certificates and therefore verification was required. I am therefore not satisfied that you achieved 30 points under Appendix A and meet the requirements for entry clearance as a Tier 4 general student. I therefore refuse your application under paragraph 245 ZV (b) of the immigration rules."

POINTS REQUIRED: 30

POINTS AWARDED:   0 (Zero)

REMEDY FOR THE ABOVE MENTIONED DILEMMA :

The best possible way to tackle and avoid such type of irrelevant, baseless, comments / tactics, by the visa officers, at BHC Islamabad / Abu Dhabi, leading ultimately to a visa refusal is to have your SSC / HSC Mark-sheets and Certificates/ Diplomas attested / verified by IBCC (Intermediate Board Chairman Committee) and your Degrees (Bachelor / Masters / M-Phil / PhD ) attested / verified by HEC (Higher Education Commission Islamabad) before you submit your original testimonials to FedEx along with your UK Visa Application with other documents. 

Please note that any attestation by Ministry of Foreign Affairs Government of Pakistan would not be enough at all in order to avoid the above mentioned scenario.

 

WE CATER FREE OFFER LETTER

While majority of the foreign education consultants charge an initial registration fee, ranging from  150 to even 300 on the offer letters, we charge nothing on the offer letters and cater them FREE OF COST from some of the best UKBA approved colleges in the United Kingdom.

 

 

BEWARE ABOUT THE FAKE CAS LETTERS WITHOUT ADMISSION CONFIRMATION.

We strongly recommend that you make an enquiry from your college on the basis of which you have got the CAS letter and very luckily even got the visa to UK.  Unfortunately most of the colleges in UK does not have an online CAS verification system as they used to have before.  Even though the candidates seeking to study in UK must verify their CAS letters before applying for a visa to UK.  Please do not leave the choice up to your consultant for verification but do it on your own or through any THIRD PARTY.

Changes to student applications from February 2010

From now on, Applicant who applies to study in the UK under Tier 4 of the points-based system must have a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from their prospective sponsor.

UK Border Agency will accept applications that are supported solely by CAS Letters if they have been lodged and paid for on or before 21 February 2010.  Any applications that are paid for on or after 22 February 2010 and are not supported by a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies will be refused.

The date of application is the date that the fee associated with the application is paid. This means the date shown on  the payment receipt, which depends on how the student paid for his / her visa application, for example, at a British diplomatic mission overseas, visa application centre or online.  Applicants wishing to apply with a CAS Letter must ensure that an appointment to make a payment is made before 22 February 2010.

For more information about applying to study under Tier 4 of the points-based system, see the Studying in the UK section of the UK Border Agency website  http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/infs/inf29pbsstudent

 

BEWARE: APPLICANTS APPLYING  FOR  STUDENT VISA TO UK ARE  STRICTLY ADVISED &  SUGGESTED  TO  BE  VERY CAREFUL IN FILLING-OUT  BOTH  TIER-4  VISA  APPLICATION  &  ASSESSMENT FORMS    BECAUSE  OF  VERY  TEDIOUS,  & TECHNICAL  LANGUAGE  USED BY UKBA EXPERTS IN THERE  AS FAILING TO DO SO MAY RESULT IN REFUSAL OF THEIR UK STUDENT VISA APPLICATION(S).

 

Given below are the main requirements. (As of April 06, 2012)

  1. There are 40 points in total to qualify for the Applicant for UK visa, out of which 30 points are allocated for Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) in UK and 10 points are allocated for Maintenance.
     

  2. A CAS Letter from UKBA Tier-4 Certified Colleges/Universities in UK. click here (Opens only with Adobe Acrobat Reader)
     

  3. Deposit is mandatory for CAS Letter depending upon the requirement by the each Education Provider on individual basis.
     

  4. Minimum requirement of Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)  from Pakistan for students applying for undergraduate courses in most of the colleges in UK. All original testimonials needed by British High Commission in Islamabad / UK Embassy in Abu Dhabi UAE.

WARNING:

NO PROVISIONAL EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATES ARE ACCEPTED AT ALL BY UKBA. 

  1. Personal / Parent's Funds such as:
     

    Computerized bank statement with at least 28 days or more confirming the held fund for maintenance plus any outstanding balance after deposit that is equivalent amount in Pak Rupees in balance as required to stay & study in UK to cover at least nine months of accommodation (GBP 9,000 within London Borough or GBP 7,200 outside London Borough or other cities)  plus initially one year of tuition fee no matter if your course is of 4 years in duration. OR

     

  2. Loan Letter with no more than 6 months from the date of issuance. Although the Loan letter issued from any local Bank does not carry a 28-days holding condition unlike a bank statement does,  there are several cases reported in which the visa officer awarded zero points out of 10 points for maintenance therefore refusing the visa application with an administrative review optionHence it is strictly advised to properly streamline the required documents and fill the personal information plus the assessment form in such a professional way so that the visa officer cannot find any loopholes as a part of an excuse to award zero points to begin with even if the loan letter has been submitted to FedEx along with other documents within 28 days holding period which is not a requirement (we surely can help in that area with our professional expertise).  

ADVANTAGES OF A LOAN LETTER.

  • A Loan Letter is good for those Applicants who (1) seek a financial help from banks in terms of running finance for their higher studies abroad and (2) a Loan Letter is also better for those Applicants who although can afford a personal bank statement with required held funds, they cannot afford to wait for 28 days holding period 

BEWARE:

No Saving Certificates, Bonds or Financial Securities are accepted 

  1. At least one year valid passport with visa application form and 2 passport size photographs on non granular paper with white to off-white background (No Polaroid Photos accepted)
     

  2. Minimum English proficiency requirements: IELTS with at least 4.5/9.0 bandwidth in every component.
     

  3. From March 03, 2010, the level at which Tier-4 (General) students can study English language courses at has been raised from level A2 above of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages to level B2.
     

  4. All Visa fees (now revised by UKBA from April 06,2012) are now accepted in Cash at FedEx outlets for UK in equivalent of / GBP = Pak Rupees / Click this link => UKBA4PAK-VISAFEE
     

  5. Click-here, to see the latest foreign currency exchange rates in the open market courtesy: Forexpkdotcom
     

  6. Click-here to see the complete fee chart courtesy: FedEx. as a non-refundable UK Student visa application  charges
     

  7. All of the above mentioned original documents plus the certified / notarized photocopies of applicant's Passport, NIC card, acceptance letter and all educational docs through FedEx to British High Commission (BHC) in Islamabad.
     

  8. A health certificate from IOM verifying that person going for study/work/settlement to UK is not suffering from tuberculosis. Contact main IOM office in Islamabad through the following link:
    http://www.iom.int/jahia/Jahia/pid/495 
     

  9. Visa Application forms are available from Following UKBA website and can be downloaded in PDF format. http://www.ukvisas,gov.uk
     

  10. There is no right of Appeal outside UK for student getting refused in Tier-4 System, however Administrative Review is always there as a second option.
     

  11. Appointment is essential before documents submission at FedEx. Dial Call Centre 0900-10411 (PTCL) / 8865 (Any Cellular Network / Only 4 digits).
     

  12. For further details on Tier-4 Point based system, visit www.ukvisas.gov.uk

 

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