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  • The United Kingdom introduced changes to several visa routes and implemented new restrictions for student visa holders


The United Kingdom (UK) government introduced several changes under its immigration rules, including implementing certain restrictions for student visa holders that were not originally slated to take effect until January 2024.

The following measures have become effective or will become effective in the near future:

  • Restrictions to the Graduate Route: As of July 17, 2023, the government will no longer permit student visa holders to switch to a work visa route while still undergoing their studies
  • Sponsorship for Dependents Reduced: Student visa holders will no longer be permitted to sponsor dependent family members under their student visa application beginning January 1, 2024. Exemptions will apply to foreign nationals completing a postgraduate research program
  • Protection of residence rights under the EUSS: The government will continue to protect the residence rights of nationals who have failed to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • Changes to the Shortage Occupation List (SOL): The government introduced new occupations under the SOL. These new occupations include construction-related roles, such as bricklayers and masons, roof tilers and slaters, carpenters, and more

What are the Changes?

The UK government introduced new limitations for student visa holders, among other changes. Initially, these changes to student visa routes were intended to occur on January 1, 2024. According to the government, these new measures are part of the government’s effort to cap new migration to the country.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of the UK’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Department of Home Affairs, UK

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