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University of Exeter Joins Visa Pilot

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The University of Exeter is to join a pilot scheme created by the Home Office, which aims to streamline processes for international postgraduate students to study and work in the UK.

The university has been selected, along with 22 other institutions, to join the existing pilot scheme run by the UK Visas and Immigration department.

The scheme is now in its second year and is designed to streamline the process for international students who are looking to study on a Masters course of 13 months of less in the UK.

The pilot also offers greater support to students who are looking to switch to a work visa and take up a graduate role. This will be achieved by allowing them to stay in the country for 6 months after they've finished their studies.

Those universities taking part in the scheme will be responsible for eligibility checks, meaning students can provide fewer documents alongside their visa application.

Commenting on the scheme, Ian Blenkham, Director of Education and Student Support at the University of Exeter, said: "The University of Exeter is delighted to participate in the Tier 4 visa pilot, reflecting our ongoing commitment to supporting the large number of international students who wish to study with us."

"We have students from 130 different countries across our campuses in Devon and Cornwall and our participation in the Tier 4 visa pilot will enable us to provide a more streamlined and student-friendly route through the immigration process."

The 23 universities will be able to apply the pilot to their 2018-19 intake and were selected to take part due to their visa refusal rates being the lowest in their area or region.