Doctors welcome the changes made to immigration rules

Medical students on UK visas will no longer have to prove they have thousands of pounds in the bank to take up their first jobs as doctors.Changes to the immigration rules have been made after the BMA raised concerns with the Government over the impact of an existing clause on medical training for postgraduate doctors.Students applying for an extension to a Tier 4 (general) visa to take up a foundation programme place would previously have had to prove they had nine months’ worth of living expenses in their bank accounts.But they will now have to show evidence of up to two months’ costs after the Government agreed to remove the ‘established presence’ clause.The change applies to visa applications made on or after 6 April this year.

The Government removed the established presence clause last year, affecting any applications made after 12 November 2015. However, the BMA argued that students applying for an extension to their Tier 4 visas to undertake foundation training should be excluded from the rule because they would be in paid employment and so should not have to offer proof of their finances.

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