United Kingdom


The UK has introduced a number of new UK immigration, naturalization, UK visa, work permit and UK working visa categories in the last few years. The points based skilled immigration category the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) introduced in January 2002 has proved to be very successful. A Summary of UK HSMP Changes, as of 17 November, 2006 has been placed here.

There is also a new low skilled UK work permit category for the sectors based visa. There are likely to be further UK immigration changes soon that will allow even more people to gain entry to the UK. We will keep you up to date on all these UK work visa, work permits for UK and UK immigration developments.

As per the new policy, announced by UK Regional Manager for Visas and Immigration Mandy Ivemy, it would take three weeks to process a study visa application. She said in 2012, UK Visas and Immigration issued 11,000 visas out of 16,000 student applications received from Pakistanis. She warned against submission of fake documents, saying students rejected in previous years were because of the submission of fake documents.
According to Ivemy, one of the requirements for a UK student visa is for a certain sum must be on the bank account for 28 days prior to submission of a visa application. If the funding has only been in place for 26 days, the application would be refused. Following are the documents you must provide:

  • A current passport or other valid travel documentation
  • 2 passport sized-color photographs with your name written on the reverse side
  • Proof that you can support yourself and pay for your course – this will vary depending on your circumstances
  • Proof of parental or other legal guardian consent if you’re under 18
  • Your tuberculosis test results if you’re from a country where you have to take the test
  • You’ll need to have a blank page in your passport on which to put the visa.
  • You may also need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances.
  • Your documents will usually be sent back within 14 days.