In July 2012, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) introduced a pilot scheme of Credibility Interviews as an additional tool to help assess prospective international student applications. In December 2012 the Home Secretary announced the pilot to have been a success and the Credibility Interview will now be introduced to interview 100,000 students applying from outside the UK. This will not include “low risk nationals”.
The Home Office will be introducing a new video interview whereby students will be asked to speak with a member of Home Office staff based in the UK. The new video interviews should be fully implemented worldwide by the end of June 2013.
Study Group is seeking to work closely with the Home Office to assist in producing information and also providing training materials to help staff, agents and students understand the new process. We have produced our own information guides, including example questions, to provide support and help for our partners and students.
The UK remains an excellent destination for international students and we are committed to providing our partners with as much information and support as may be necessary.
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