Studying in the UK was an unreachable dream for me in the beginning. As an Egyptian teenager I think that UK government is making it almost impossible to study or work here. In the 13th of July the government introduced a law that states that international student have to go back to their home countries once they finish their course. Government law: ‘ban college students from being able to switch visas to Tiers 2 or 5 in the UK, and require them to apply from outside the UK (from November)’. This law was released under the prospective of ensuring that student visas are used for study and not as a backdoor to the country’s hob market.
As all International students I have to apply for my visa before the start of the course by three months. Applying for the visa from Egypt is not as easy as easy as it may seem. After the 25th revolution, the UK government applied more regulations on Egyptians in specific. Firstly, I have to contact the school/University that I was accepted in to send me a CAS letter. After getting the CAS letter I can start my visa application process. Visa application costs almost 400 pounds, and the health insurance depends on how many years is my course. For example, my course is 3 years I have to pay 450 pounds. Moreover, while applying for the visa I need to provide some documents such as a financial statement that shows that I have enough money to pay my fees and living costs. Getting a feedback as an approval or rejection takes from 15-20 working days. If the visa is rejected a red sticker will be placed on the passport, and this rejection could be for several reasons such as not providing original documents. Further more, getting an approval doesn’t mean entering the UK at any time, I am allowed to enter the country before my course starts with 3 weeks
This is only the first part of the struggle. Arriving here to the UK is like entering a warzone. The immigration officer in the airport asks questions that would make any student to panic. Furthermore, normally one of those two things will happen either the immigration officer will take the passport to preform some security checks or he will let you pass. This is just part of what happens behind the scene every time a foreign student decides to continue his studies in the UK since it is well known for its high learning standards.