The UK Government is going to change theway that it issues permission for people to come to the UK from abroad for morethan six months. To start with (probably at the end of February 2015) the newsystem will apply only to people applying from Pakistan. Soon after that itwill be extended to a second group of countries, with more countries beingadded on 29 May 2015, and all the remaining countries in the world on 31 July2015.
The current system is that when studentsapply in their home country for permission to come to the UK, they receive an‘entry clearance’ sticker in their passport, which usually gives thempermission to enter the UK and then stay in the UK for the length of theircourse (plus a short time afterwards). The new system will be more complicated.When a student makes their immigration application abroad, they will have tosay what town they are going to stay in when they first arrive in the UK. Theywill be given a short-term entry clearance in their passport that gives them 30days in which to travel to the UK and then go to a Post Office near the townidentified, to collect a ‘Biometric Immigration Document’ (‘BID’) which showstheir permission to be in the UK for the rest of their course (plus a shortamount of time afterwards).Most students will want to collect their BIDs verysoon after arriving, as they are likely to be needed for many purposes.
然而新政策将更加复杂，当国家学生申请签证时，他们需要声明自己进入英国后会住在哪里，然后得到一个短期的entry clearance。抵达英国后，学生必须在30天之内去指定的邮局领取BiometricResidence Permit (BRP)，既生物指纹卡。上面会显示你可以在英国学习多长时间（之后还有短暂停留时间）。
The first wave of countries to be affectedafter Pakistan:
Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma,Cambodia, China,Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Gibraltar, Iceland, India,Indonesia, Italy, Laos, Libya, Maldives, Malta, Nepal, Netherlands, NorthKorea, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden,Thailand, and Vietnam.
The countries that will be added for thosemaking applications on or after 29 May 2015:
Afghanistan, Ascension Island, Australia,Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Bermuda, Brunei, Canada, Cayman Islands, DominicanRepublic, Egypt, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Guyana, Iran, Jamaica, Japan,Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Philippines,Qatar, St Helena, St Lucia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Trinidad andTobago, United Arab Emirates, USA, and Yemen.