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UKBA and International student visas

Following changes to the UK visa regulations, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) continues to recognise the University of Edinburgh as a top ranked institution, granting us ‘Highly Trusted Sponsor’ status.

Visas and UKBA

The University of Edinburgh broadly welcomes these changes, which:

  • enable the dependants of our international postgraduate students to work and have unrestricted access to the UK labour market
  • permit our most exceptional postgraduate talent to remain in the UK for employment after graduation
  • allow our international students to work part-time during their studies
  • support our entrepreneurial international graduate students who wish to start their businesses in the UK and drive forward economic growth

The University of Edinburgh is proud to have been attracting the brightest and best students from around the world for over four centuries. This year is no different and we have the privilege of welcoming and working with over 9,000 international students from over 140 nations.

Professor Stephen Hillier

Vice Principal International

Visa guidance for students

Given the recent changes to legislation, The International Office has revised their immigration guidance notes for students.

Further information on changes to the UK student immigration system is on the UK Border Agency (UKBA) website.

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