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New university visa service will benefit international students

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The enhanced service, which is being rolled out this summer following a successful year-long pilot, includes a named account manager who will help and support institutions to progress individual cases as well as answer more general queries about the visa service and immigration rules.

The sponsors who apply for the new service will also be able to request early checks on the immigration status of potential students and monthly updates detailing the progress of all of their students’ applications.

The Home Office said that 20 universities had signed up to the service, although 138 institutions took part in the free pilot.

Immigration Minister Mark Harper said:

Our education system is one of the best in the world and the government is committed to welcoming the brightest and the best students to the UK. The introduction of the Premium Service is another example of the steps we are taking to improve the visa process while maintaining the security of our border.

This launch builds on a number of other planned improvements to the student visa system, such as an Education Helpdesk, an email service providing access to expert information on licence and policy questions. This free service mirrors a Business Helpdesk which was opened in June and has been positively received by those in the sector.

From September all publicly funded high trusted sponsors will be able to apply for the service and from November it will be open to privately funded highly trusted sponsors.

The fee for the Premium Service will be £8,000 per annum.

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