UK Immigration Minister Damian Green announced that a targeted interview system for Tier 4 student visa applicants will be introduced 30 July and will focus on high-risk applicants. It is not clear yet how UK Immigration will determine who is a high-risk applicant.
Following a successful
pilot programme, the new interview system will ask students a number of
questions about their immigration and education history, study and post-study
plans, and financial circumstances. The UKBA says they expect to interview up to
14,000 students in the next 12 months and will refuse visas if they are not
satisfied that you are a genuine student.
"With more interviews and
greater powers to refuse bogus students we will weed out abuse and protect the
UK from those looking to play the system," said Green. "Under the current system
UK Border Agency officers are unable to refuse some applications even if they
have serious concerns over the credibility of the student - we are toughening up
the system to ensure genuine students benefit from our country's excellent
The UKBA carried out a pilot
programme for the new interviewing system last year to address concerns about
the legitimacy of some applicants. More than 2,300 student visa applicants were
interviewed in 13 overseas posts with the aim of testing how effective
face-to-face interviews would be in addition to existing strict application
processes that consider fraud and other factors.
Under the pilot, around
a fifth of the applicants were refused entry to the UK based on their
performance at interview. One of the main issues was the inability of
interviewees to show the required level of English. Some were unable to answer
basic questions in English without the aid of an interpreter, despite stating on
their Tier 4 visa application that they had the necessary language
qualifications to meet the higher education standards in the UK.
Home Office stated that the highest levels of refusals on credibility grounds
were found among Tier 4 visa applicants from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri
Lanka, Burma, Nigeria and the Philippines. It is expected that the interview
programme will be targeted on those who apply for student visas from those
"Britain is open for business to the brightest and the best
migrants but the message is clear - if you lie on your application form or try
to hide your true motivation for coming to the UK then you will be found out and
refused a visa," added Green.
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