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tourist visa can now work in the UK

The United Kingdom has announced significant revisions to its visa regulations, set to take effect on January 31, 2024. In a move aimed at enhancing both business opportunities and tourism, holders of tourist visas will now be permitted to work within the country.

Under the updated guidelines, employees of companies operating both in the UK and internationally can undertake work involving clients abroad. However, this work must constitute only a minor aspect of their responsibilities outside the UK and must be integral to a project or service based in the UK. While remote work is permissible, the primary purpose of the visit must not be remote employment.

The UK government will also extend permissions for scientists, researchers, and academics conducting research within the country. Exceptions include academics who may apply for a 12-month visit visa, with the option to seek extensions while in the UK. Additionally, lawyers will have the opportunity to engage in various activities such as providing legal advice, acting as expert witnesses, participating in legal proceedings, and teaching.

In a bid to streamline processes, the Permitted Paid Engagement (PPE) Visitor route will be incorporated into the Standard Visitor route. This integration eliminates the need for a separate visa for individuals involved in paid engagements, provided that such engagements are arranged within 30 days of arrival.

The revisions follow the earlier commitment made by Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt to expand business visitor regulations. This expansion aims to afford business professionals a wider array of approved activities, including participation in paid engagements, thereby facilitating increased business opportunities within the UK

Indian passport holders who are doctors, dentists, nurses and midwives need not attend IELTS and TOEFL for the application of General (Tier 2) Visas for the UK. Occupational English Test (OES) scores are enough for these applicants.

Previously, the candidates had to take the IELTS and TOEFL for the visa along with the OES to register with the two healthcare boards in the UK, Nursing and Midwifery Council, and the General Medical Council. This change will apply to all the applications made after the 1st of October.

“The Home Office has also streamlined English language testing ensuring that doctors, dentists, nurses and midwives who have already passed an English language test accepted by the relevant professional body, do not have to sit another test before entry to the UK on a Tier 2 visa," stated the UK Government during the release.

The OET was mainly designed to ensure that the applicants meet the English language requirements of the healthcare sector and are able to practise the language proficiently. It is meant to examine the language expertise of the professionals in the sector. The OET examination is conducted by Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment (CBLA), which is a pursuit between Cambridge Assessment English and Box Hill Institute.

The new visa policy put forth by the UK Immigration for foreign students will turn around the rules of the game. Students dreaming of working in the country after pursuing their degree can now thrive on this news. The UK Immigration will now extend the work visa by 2 years for foreign students. It is available to graduate and post-graduate international students. The students will be able to stay in the UK as long as 2 years to look for a job after the completion of their respective course.

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Indian students have always looked for opportunities in the UK and this change in the policy sure will bring in several Indian students to the country. Maybe three to six months seemed enough but an extension of two years sure sounds attractive to the students from India.

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India has now become the second largest country in issuing student visas for the UK with more than twenty thousand visa applications in the past academic year.

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