The £35000 rule

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September 28, 2016

The £35,000 Rule

The rules have changed again, and just like previous instances, there are not many positives to take from them. However, the current modifications don’t apply to international students, all of which already pay a huge sum of tuition fees, accommodation costs, and so on only to be on the receiving end of the changes in the law.

From April 6th, 2016, every non-EU citizen working in the UK for less than 10 years should earn a minimum of £35,000 per year to settle permanently in the UK. Such rules are bound to unsettle the expatriate population in the UK. Nevertheless, this rule does not apply to international students studying in the UK. For international students, the eligibility criteria is as follows:

- Apply from within the UK.

- Get confirmation of final degree in writing or having completed 12 months of a Ph.D.

- A certificate of sponsorship reference number.

- A certain level of knowledge of English.

- Minimum salary of £20,800 subject to certain exemptions.

- The job offer must be at ‘graduate level’.

- Have £945 in savings in your bank account – this is to prove that you can support yourself.

The following visa can be awarded for a period up to 5 years. Withal, the eligibility conditions for people, whose Tier 4 visa has expired, applying from outside the UK for the same visa are even more rigorous. Hence, it is advisable to get a job before the validity of the Tier 4 visa expires.

To close, it is important that students know what rules govern their stay in the UK and ensure that they take up a job in the UK while they’re residing in the UK.


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