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University of York Included in Student Visa Pilot

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The University of York is to be included in a pilot, which is looking to streamline the process for international students studying for a Masters in the UK.

The scheme is in its second year with the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Bath and Imperial College London, which aims to streamline the process for international students looking to study on a Masters course of 13 months or less.

The pilot also provides more support for students looking to switch to a work visa and take up a graduate role, by allowing them to remain in the country for six months after their studies.

Those universities involved in the scheme are given responsibility for eligibility checks, meaning students can submit fewer documents alongside their visa applications.

Commenting on the pilot, vice-chancellor professor Koen Lamberts, said: "The University is pleased to have been invited by the Home Office to take part in the second year of the Tier 4 Visa Pilot, which will help to simplify and streamline the visa application process for students applying for a Master's course at York.

"We attract academically able students from around the world and the opportunity the pilot provides to support students to take up opportunities in the six month period after the end of their study is particularly welcome.

"In particular, the pilot helps to support students who wish to switch into a work route and take up a graduate role by extending the leave period following the end of their study to six months.

"We look forward to participating in this important development and to working with the Home Office, our students and staff to make a success of this initiative."