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International Opportunities and Immigration. Helen Challis & Angela Lin International Office. International Opportunities Overview. Summer Schools. Conferences. Collaborative PhDs. Student Grants. Joint PhD Programmes Overview. Three options. Joint PhD Programmes Overview.

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International opportunities and immigration

International Opportunities and Immigration

Helen Challis & Angela Lin

International Office


International opportunities overview

International Opportunities Overview

Summer Schools

Conferences

Collaborative PhDs

Student Grants


Joint phd programmes overview

Joint PhD Programmes Overview

Three options...


Joint phd programmes overview1

Joint PhD Programmes Overview

One programme of collaborative research: supervisors at both institutions

Any discipline (project-permitting)

Joint degree: one certificate with both institutions’ names and logos

Time split according to research, with a minimum of 12 months at Imperial


Asian summer schools early stage phd students

Asian Summer Schools: Early-Stage PhD Students

  • Singapore / Hong Kong

  • 1-week course + 3-week research placement

  • NUS, NTU or A*STAR/ University of Hong Kong

  • 48 students per course drawn

  • from participating institutions


Idea league

IDEA League

Five partners: Imperial, TU Delft, ETH Zurich, RWTH Aachen, ParisTech

Summer School

40 students from five partner institutions

Residential 4-day course

Research skills, Communication, Teamwork, International Collaborations

Student Grants

€1,000/month

Research placement

2 weeks – 6 months in duration

€18,000 available per year


Tsinghua summer school

Tsinghua Summer School

  • Employability and Entrepreneurship

  • Grant-writing, commercialisation of research

  • Alternates between Beijing and London

  • Late-stage PhD students

  • 1-week


International office can help you with

Visa renewals

Dependent visas

Correcting Entry Clearance mistakes

Travel visas

Family visits

Working during your studies

Checking permission to work

Working after your studies

International Office can help you with…


International office can help you with1

Visa renewals

Dependent visas

Correcting Entry Clearance mistakes

Travel visas

Family visits

Working during your studies

Checking permission to work

Working after your studies

International Office can help you with…


International office can help you with2

Visa renewals

Working during your studies

Checking permission to work

Working after your studies

International Office can help you with…


Points based system

Points Based System

  • Tier 1: Highly Skilled / Post Study Work

  • Tier 2: skilled workers with a job offer, to fill gaps in the UK labour force

  • Tier 3:low skilled workers to fill specific temporary labour shortages (dormant)

  • Tier 4:students

  • Tier 5:youth mobility and temporary workers


Student entry clearance rules

Student Entry Clearance Rules

  • The applicant needs to prove that s/he:

  • Has been accepted on to a full-time course

  • Has the ability and intention to follow the course

  • (CAS number: 30 points)

  • Has adequate finances

    (bank statement: 10 points)


Student visa rules

Student Visa Rules

  • Enrolled on full-time course (no part-time study)

  • No ‘gap’ years

  • Degree level course OR

  • 15 day-time hours/week at ‘bona-fide’ college

  • Enough money without needing to work


Three ways to apply

Three ways to apply

  • In person at Public Enquiry Office, Croydon -fast but expensive (£650)

  • By post independently - cheaper (£357) but slower)

  • Using the International Office Student Batch Scheme - same cost as postal (£357), added support of College


Student visa renewal

Student Visa Renewal

  • Write visa expiry date in diary

  • 1 month before it expires:

  • Print & complete visa renewal form

  • Collect your supporting documents

  • Book appointment / attend a visa clinic in the International Office to get your application checked


Working in the uk during your studies

Working in the UK during your studies

  • Non EEA students can work:

  • 20 hours per week in term time

  • Unlimited hours in holiday time

  • PG students – 20 hours max during dissertation

  • Special rules for new Europeans, Romanians & Bulgarians


Permission to work visa wording

Permission to Work: visa wording

  • Work / Business as in Tier 4 Rules

  • No recourse to public funds

  • Work (and any changes) must be authorised

  • Limited Leave to remain in the UK. No recourse to public funds. Able to work as authorised by the Secretary of State.


Work after your studies

Work after your studies

  • Student visa holder after end of course

  • (short-term but full-time)

  • Long-term and full-time (current options)

  • Tier 1 Post Study Work (2 years)

  • Tier 1 General: Highly Skilled (3 years)

  • Tier 2 Skilled Worker (Work Permit)


Tier 1 post study work

Tier 1: Post Study Work

  • Launched June 2008

  • Permission to remain in the UK to work and look for work for up to 2 years

  • Postal application = £550 (in person = £850)

  • Apply up to 12 months from date when course completion is confirmed

  • Guidance from International Office: www.imperial.ac.uk/international/visas


Tier 1 general highly skilled

Tier 1 General: Highly Skilled

  • Points for Qualifications, Age, Previous Earnings, UK experience, English Language and Maintenance

  • Check points at: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/pointscalculator


Tier 2

Tier 2

  • Job offer (sponsor) required

  • Points for Qualifications, Future Salary, Certificate of Sponsorship, English Language and Maintenance


General tips on points based system

General Tips on Points Based System

  • Things are changing – check you have latest advice, application form and follow UKBA guidance

  • Maintenance requirement: £800 in UK, £2800 overseas

  • Don’t breach your student visa conditions!

  • Complete applications only – keep a copy


International office

International Office

  • Room 164, Level 1, Sherfield Building

  • www.imperial.ac.uk/international

  • [email protected]

  • Tel 020 7594 8040


Any questions

Any questions?

  • More information at:

  • www.imperial.ac.uk/international

  • or contact

  • [email protected]


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