The process for international students arriving in London has been changed meaning that after spending a long time packing, then flying to the UK, students will no longer have to endure the long queues to register with the police.
Previously, international students has to register at an office in the south of the capital within seven days of their arrival but the change in the registration process means that it will now be easier for those who have just landed.
In the past students had queued outside the Overseas Visitors Records Office overnight with reports stating that on certain occasions those that had arrived after 6:30am were turned away.
Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of Universities UK commented on the previous process: “Universities UK made it clear to ministers that this situation was entirely unacceptable.
“We want to welcome international students here and help them settle in. The welfare of students is our first priority and suitable processes must now be put in place so this situation does not occur again.”
Now students will be able to visit the office and be given a pre-stamped form to be returned by the end of the year or universities will be able to aid the process and return the forms on behalf of the students.
Last week students from over 42 countries formed one single queue at the London office, not the best process to go through when you’ve just arrived in an unfamiliar country. The new process means that overseas students will now have less stress upon entering the country, after all the start of university is supposed to be the most fun and stress-free.