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Romania- General Data

Romania lies in the Central-South-Eastern part of the European continent. Having a surface of approximately 238,000 sq km and a population of 22.5 million inhabitants, it is one of the medium-sized countries of Europe. Romania neighbours Moldavia, Ukraine, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and coasts the Black Sea.

Romania is a semi-presidential republic, with a bicameral Parliament, seeking to join the European Union. The main political parties, after the last elections (end of 2000), are as follows: Partidul Social-Democrat (Social-Democratic Party, the governing party), Partidul Romania Mare (Greater Romania Party), Partidul National Liberal (National Liberal Party), Partidul Democrat (Democratic Party) and Uniunea Democrata a Maghiarilor din Romania (Democratic Union of Hungarians from Romania).

The geographical position and the historical evolution of this territory imposed it as an archetype of mixtures between cultures relatively differentiated: Western-European, East-European and Balkan. This historical reality was materialised into a special type of general behaviour that manifests itself through tolerance, hospitality and easiness of communication for the people that live here.

The peculiarities of the physical space come from the relatively circular disposition and from the roughly equal proportion of each major form of relief: mountains, hills and plains cover each 1/3 of the surface. To these we can add the presence of the navigable Danube river, which ensures the direct link with the Northern Sea through the Rhine-Danube canal. The Danube Delta is one of the natural reserves under international protection due to its unique flora and fauna, among the richest in Europe. One of Romania’s specifics consists in the fact that it is crossed by the 45 North Parallel and the 25 East Meridian, thes being the mathematical co-ordinates marking the halfway between the Equator and the North Pole and between the Atlantic Coast of the Iberian Peninsula and the Eastern border of the continent, the Ural Mountains, respectively. Romania is 2 hours ahead of GMT.

The Romanians have an old and rich history. The ancient name of this territory is Dacia. It was inhabited by Getic and Dacian populations. After the wars against Rome, between 101-102 and 105-106, Dacia became a Roman province providing the basis for the formation of both the Romanian people and language.

During the Middle Ages, the Romanians lived in three provinces, namely Wallachia, Moldavia and Transylvania. These got united during the 19th and 20th c., forming modern Romania.

The population is formed in its biggest proportion by Romanians, who represent 90% of the total number of inhabitants, to which Hungarians (around 7%), Gypsies, Germans, Ukrainians, Turks, Tartars etc. can be added.

Out of the total number of population, 55% live in towns and the rest of 45% live in rural areas (with villages populated by up to 27,000 persons).

The capital of the country is the city of Bucharest, which has a population of over 2 million inhabitants. Here it is concentrated approximately 15% of the national industrial capacity, over 50% of the direct foreign investments, over 30% of the higher education institutions and over 50% of the Romanian students. Other big cities, having more than 300,000 inhabitants, are the regional centres Iasi, Cluj, Timisoara, Craiova, Brasov and Constanta.

The economy of Romania was dominated by the big industry, especially between 1979-1990, covering almost all the industrial branches: from those linked to oil extraction, up to those representing fine mechanics. After a period of profound restructuring, Romanian industry probates recovery, especially in the high-tech domains (automatics, electronics and computer industry). The beneficiary of the industrial restructuring has been the tertiary sector, which has shown a spectacular evolution, mainly in the financing-banking, telecommunications and trade domains.
Romania has economic and cultural relations with over 150 countries around the world.

The official language of the state is Romanian, belonging to the Romance family of languages; within the local public administration, where the percentage of inhabitants belonging to another ethnic populations is over 20%, their language can also be used.

The national currency is the leu (1 USD = 32,500 ROL in March, 2002).

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University of Medicine & Pharmacy, Timisoara, Romania

About Victor Babes University of medicine and pharmacy, Timisoara

Brief History

The University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Timisoara has been carrying on a many-sided and highly-qualified educational, research and medical assistance activity, for more than five decades.
Consequently, the achievements of this half-century are a proof of the joint effort of the academic staff, the students and of the technical and administrative body.
The University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Timisoara was set up in 1945, a year of milestones for the political, economical and social Romanian life, when communist regime took control of our country.

The University of Medicine and Pharmacy stands as a prestigious institution of higher education, with an honourable history path, and numerous achievements, rising above the difficult socio-political conditions. In so doing, it is almost certain that The University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Timisoara has a bright future ahead, hoping to get better results in training the undergraduates, on the way of becoming physicians, pharmacists and dental technicians, as well as in ensuring the proper medical assistance for the population.

Why Timisoara?

“Look around and love this city because it fully deserves to be loved” – Else von Schuster
Often, when we speak about Timisoara, we refer to it as the Little Vienna, a city of flowers, parks, an economic model or the place where various cultures and traditions merge. Timisoara has a privileged location in Central and Eastern Europe, being situated at an average distance of about 550 km from Bucharest, the capital of Romania, about 170 km from Belgrade, the capital of Serbia and Montenegro, and about 300 km from Budapest, the capital of Hungary.
Timisoara is situated in a plain region, crossed by two rivers the Timis and the Bega.
It is presumed that, in ancient times, when the land was populated by Dacians, on the site where the city lies today there lay a place called Zambara. The place was destroyed following the invasion of the Avars and a new camp was built in its place, called Beguey, after the river Begh (Bega, also called the Lesser Timis). The newly built town was situated in a strategically important area, namely the area of the two Timis rivers (the Greater and the Lesser Timis).

THE UNIVERSITY – FACULTIES AND SPECIALIZATIONS

I. The Faculty of Medicine has the following specialisations:
• Bachelor in Medicine – 6 years, full-time attendance (courses in Romanian, English and French)
• Bachelor in Midwifery – 4 years, full-time attendance
• Bachelor in Nursing – 4 years, full-time attendance
• Bachelor in Nursing for Imaging and Radiology – 3 years, full-time attendance
• Bachelor in Clinical Laboratory Nursing – 3 years, full-time attendance
• Bachelor in Nursing for Balneo-physiotherapy and Recuperation – 3 years, full-time attendance
• Bachelor in Nursing for Nutrition and Dietetics – 3 years, full-time attendance

II. The Faculty of Dental Medicine has the following specialisations:
• Bachelor of Dental Surgery – 6 years, full-time attendance
• Dental technique – 3 years, full-time attendance
• Dental surgery nurses – 3 years, full-time attendance

III. The Faculty of Pharmacy has the following specialisations:
• Bachelor of Pharmacy – 5 years, full-time attendance (courses in Romanian and French)
• Assistant pharmacists – 3 years, full-time attendance

6 year Medicine program(MBBS):

The duration of the students for the students specializing in general medicine is 6 years. During the first 2 years, the University students aquire knowledge in various fundamental medical subjects like anatomy, histology, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry etc.

Beginning from the 3rd academic year they start their training at the clinical departments of therapy, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, infectious diseases, endocrinology, ophthalmology, skin diseases etc.

After 6 years of study at the University, the graduates are awarded with a Bachelor of Medicine degree.

The clinical study is concentrated in nine teaching hospitals:

  • The First County Clinical Hospital
  • The City Hospital
  • The Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases
  • The “Louis Turcanu” Third Pediatrics Clinical Hospital
  • The “Victor Babes” Hospital for Infectious and Lung Diseases
  • The “Dumitru Popescu” Clinical Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • The “Bega” Clinical Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • The Clinical Hospital of Orthopaedics-Traumatology
  • The Clinical Hospital of the Romanian Railways Company

 UMFT’s affiliations to international organizations:

– European Association for International Education

– International Association of Universities

– South-East-Europe Cooperation, (SEE – Curriculum Reform)

– Agentie for Regional Development – West Romania Regiune

– Association Le Pont Neuf

– The Sixth Framework Programme FP 6

– European Association of Universities

– University Alliance for democracy– AUDEM

– Council for Cultural Co-Operation CDCC

 

University Recognitions:

  • World health organization (WHO)
  • Medical Council of India (MCI)
  • Medical Council of Canada (MCC)
  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • European Medical Council (EMC)

 

Long-term student residence permit

All foreign students must register Police within 7 days after arrival.

1) The long-term student residence permit can be granted, on request, to foreign students who wish to enter Romania.

2) A student is a person who has been accepted by an accredited public or private higher education institution, including doctoral studies.

3) Documents to bring for the application:

 

Non-EU/EEA/Swiss students:

  • Certified copy of the Letter of Acceptance to studies issued by the Romanian Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sports;
  • Certified copy of the Letter of Admisison from the VBUMPT;
  • Proof of payment of study fees for at least one academic year;
  • Health insurance for the entire period covered by the residence permit;
  • Passport;
  • 2 recent passport photos;
  • Documentation of subsistence (minimum net salary/month/economy) for the entire period covered by the residence permit;
  • Police record or any other document with the similar legal value;
  • Housing contract;
  • Receipt of paid application fee (RON 4)

 

Medical Tests:

Romanian law requires that foreign nationals who will be residing in Romania for more than three months must have a chest X-ray and a standard blood test upon registration.

The check-ups can be completed in your country of origin but they must not be older than 6 months.

Those students who have not done the check-ups in their country of origin, can do them here at any medical facility (dispensary, polyclinic) in Timisoara.

All medical certificates must subsequently be signed and stamped by the physician of our university.

 

Work permit

According to Romanian law (OUG 56/2007; Law 134/2008), students can get a part-time work permit (4 hours/day), but the work permit does not automatically grant a residence permit.

As long as they have a student residence permit, international students cannot apply for a permanent residence permit in Romania.

Academic Curriculum

1. The winter semester starts on 1st October and ends approximately in mid-February, after the mid-term exams. Students have a week Christmas holiday and a week mid-term holiday.

2. The spring semester starts in late February and ends approximately at the beginning of July, after the summer exams. Students are entitled to three days Easter holiday, according to their faith.

3. Summer hospital practice and preparation of dissertation for terminal students (20 working days, in July, for the Faculties of Medicine and Dental Medicine, and approximately two months for the Faculty of Pharmacy).

Internet Access

Student hostels have Internet connection and the conditions permitting access to the Internet are regulated by the Students’ League.

Gyms

Physical education is an obligatory part of our curriculum and our gym is quite well-equipped. Besides, there are several health clubs all over town, where students can work out.

Accommodation

VBUMPT can offer housing in one of the student hostels. Due to the limited number of available places in the hostels, students will be accommodated on a first-come-first-served basis.

First-year students have to register with the Student Housing Office between 25th September – 3rd October. When applying for a place in the student hostel, the student must present a copy of the Letter of Admission for Studies at the VBUMPT.

A place in the student hostels may cost approximately € 70 – 100 per month, depending on how many beds are in the room and extra facilities. These prices include heating and warm water. Each room has its own electrical meter and students have to pay for the electricity they use.

University of Medicine & Pharmacy, Victor Babes, Timisoara

University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Timisoara

Address Timisoara, Piata Eftimie Murgu, no. 2

Tel:00-40-56-293389; Fax:00-40-56-190626

www http://www.umft.ro

Founded1945

Undergraduate & Graduate FieldsMedicine (English), Dentistry,
Pharmacy (English)Ph.D.Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy

 

The Complete details of the University:
Handbook_internat_studs_2011

 

 

 

MBBS from Ukraine – Admission Procedure

Admission to undergraduate and post graduate courses are open for all foreign students, who are fulfilling the eligibility criteria of UNIVERSITIES and of the respective country, from 1st July to 1st October of every year.

Application and Registration-      Prospectus along with application form can be obtained from web site or from authorized representative of respective country to which the candidate belongs.

The dully filled up forms along with the attested photocopies of required documents shall be submitted through the concerned representative of the country to UNIVERSITIES.
Admission will be confirmed only after counseling/screening of the documents/application form of candidate and the approval of the Authorized Representative of UNIVERSITIES.

Documents- 

The following documents are to be furnished along with application form for the admission in
Undergraduate course:-

  1. Matriculation certificate (10th Class), showing the date of birth.
  2. Certificate and mark-sheet of Intermediate (10+2 or equivalent class).
    Note: Minimum 50% of Marks are required as eligibility criteria of MCI.
  3. Six passport size photographs.
  4. Photocopy of Passport (if ready).
  5. Medical Certificate with HIV test report from the recognized government hospital/pathological lab/clinic.
  6. Eligibility Certificate of Medical Council of concerned country.

The following documents are to be furnished along with application form for the admission in

Postgraduate course:-

  1. 10 Class Pass Certificate.
  2. Attested photocopy of Certificate and mark sheet of MBBS or equivalent exam.
  3. Medical Council Registration Certificate.
  4. Six passport size photographs.
  5. Photocopy of Passport (if ready).
  6. Medical Certificate with HIV test report from the recognized government hospital/ pathological lab/clinic.

Eligibility:

  • Undergraduate course (for Indian Students ) : As per the part III, Section 4 of the Gazette of India, extra-ordinary issue dated 18.02.2002, an Indian citizen desirous of joining an undergraduate medical course in any foreign medical institution on or after 15th March 2002 shall have Eligibility Certificate issued by Medical Council of India, New Delhi. India. To get the Eligibility certificate a candidate shall be passed 10+2 or equivalent class (biology, physics, chemistry with minimum 50% marks) from a recognized college.
  • For others : as per the rules of concerned country.
  • Post graduate course : Graduation in Medical and one year internship from recognized college/university/institution by the Government of concerned country.

Visa  Details:

As per the law of Ukrainian Government the student visa is issued by visa section of Embassy of Ukraine only during 15th August to 15th November. The official invitation for studies in Ukraine is provided by UNIVERSITIES on the basis of which Ukraine Embassy issue visa to travel Ukraine. Authorised Representative of UNIVERSITIES will provide the guidance and support for visa processing.
Note: The issuing/refusal of Ukrainian visa to the candidate is the sole right of Visa section of Embassy of Ukraine (Ministry of External Affairs of Ukraine). In case of refusal of visa the University or its representatives are not responsible in any way.

Legalization & Translation of Documents :

The following documents are to be legalized by the Ministry of Education & Ministry of Foreign Affairs of concerned country and there after they shall be translated into Russian language by the authorized translator of Embassy of Ukraine:

  • Original Certificate & mark sheet of 10th class.
  • Original Certificate & mark sheet of 10+2 or equivalent class.
  • Original Degree of MBBS or equivalent (in case of PG candidates only)

Then the Embassy of Ukraine legalize the translated version of these documents, which are to be shown in UNIVERSITIES along with the legalized original documents at the time of registration. 

Receiving of Students in Ukraine :

Each group of students is received by the Official Representative of UNIVERSITIES at the airport. According to Ukrainian laws, all incoming invited foreign students must be received at the place of arrival in Ukraine by the official representative of University.

Medical study in Romania- Brief Points

Some info about Romanian Medical studies:
  • Md-6 year-equivalent in India as MBBS
  • Including internship in american pattern
  • All the student fully eligible to go for screening test of M.C.I. (Medical Council of India) to get registered their degrees in India
  • Tuition fee-3250 euro p/a
  • Hostel available
  • Expected monthly expenses -150 to 200 euro p/m
  • Session -start from 1st week of October
  • Applicant must be 18 year by October
  • Fluency in English language and be capable of displaying their fluency in communication.
  • And valid higher education (10th+2) certificate
  • Good health,display good social behavior

USA Admission Application Requirements-Masters

Applying for a course in a US university requires you to fulfill certain eligibility criteria. Here we discuss about the application process for a graduate course in a US University.

The US academic year is usually divided into 4 semesters – Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. The semesters are usually 13 weeks long.
The Fall semester starts somewhere between August and September and ends in late December or early January.
The Spring semester starts in January and ends in May.
The Summer semester starts in late May or early June and ends just before the Fall semester begins.
Not all universities have a Winter semester but if they do, it is a very short semester squeezed between the Fall and the Spring semesters.
The semesters correspond very roughly with the eponymous seasons.

Most universities in the U.S. accept applications only two times in a calendar year for the Fall and the Spring semesters of the academic year. Please beware, some universities only entertain applications for the Fall semester. The application process for the Fall semester usually starts one year before your joining during October and ends on December or January.

For applying for a graduate program in US universities you need to take the General Record Examination (GRE). Apart from this you also need to take a Test Of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam, if you are from a country whose native language is not English.

There are a number of documents you need to submit with your application. All universties have detailed and specific guidelines in their application brochure about the documents required. Here is a list:

  • Test Scores: You need to submit your GRE and TOEFL scores along with your application. In most of the cases, these scores are send by ETS directly to the University.
  • College Transcripts: A transcript is another name for a marksheet provided by your college or university at the end of each semester, that lists in detail the courses taken and the grades obtained in these courses. Since you will usually send out your applications before you have graduated from your college, you can provide the marksheets only up to that semester.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Most universities require you to provide threeletters of recommentation. The faculty members in your department are the best people to ask for these letters. However, if you did an internship at another institution or corporation, getting a letter from your mentor orsupervisor would be a big plus.
  • Statement of Purpose: This will possibly turn out to be the most important document in your application. A statement of purpose can best be described as a document for your academic past and the future. It should clearly describe why you chose your particular acadmic discipline, why you are interested in pursuing graduate study in that discipline and why you are interested in a different discipline than the one you did your bachelor’s degree in. It should also clearly outline the ideas you have about what you would like to do and what you are interested in researching.
  • Financial Support Statement: Another important document is the financial support statement. This is usually in the shape of a form provided with the application. In this document, you will usually provide declare your financial assets to show that you will be able to support the first year of your graduate education at the university. You will probably need to provide notarized bank statements along with this statement. However, it is entirely possible that you may not need to submit this until you have been granted an admission to the university. It usually depends upon the university admission policy.

A bit of advice: Apply to atleast 5-6 US universities. Your decision should be a mix of Excellent, Good and Safe. Excellent universities are those which have extraordinary rankings but is difficult for you to get in due to your academic records. These should be kept to a minimum. Good universities are where you have a fair chance of getting selected. Apply mostly to these universities. Safe universities are those which are not as good but you have an almost definite possibility of getting admissions. You should keep them to a minimum but don’t ever leave these out.

Also, do keep in track with the application deadlines of the University of your choice.

USA Graduate School Admisison Steps – Flowchart

U.S. Universities application process is different, but having an idea about what goes on after graduate school application is submitted is good. SO, you know what to expect during the process and time it would take to get admission decision.

Even though the flow chat is from SFSU, it will apply to any U.S. Universities admission process and certainly will apply to all the departments.

Grad School Admission – Flowchart

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U.S. Universities – Admission Process

As you can see when International student submits application, its first reaches Graduate School Admission office. Some universities will ask students send the college application packet directly to the department as in SFSU. In such cases you have to submit 2 application for same university (one for department and other documents to grad school).

Graduate School Review

If the student doesn’t have the minimum requirements like

  • GPA
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL (IELTS)
  • Bnak Balance
  • others..

application will be denied by the graduate school even before department gets to review your package. If all the documents were submitted, along with other requirements, then application will be forwarded to the department for review. If university doesn’t receive application fee, they will not star application processing. Always goo d to pay by credit card to speedup the process.

Department Review

Computer Science department in the university will evaluate the application. If they feel the student doesn’t have enough academic credentials, admission will be denied. In some cases for instance when student has bachelors degree in electrical engineering and have applied to computer science in M.S. then conditional admission will be given, where student have to take few pre-requisite courses, before taking graduate courses.

University Specific Admission process

Every universities in U.S will have different admission process, but the above flowchart give an idea of how student is admitted to the program. But, the factor universities use to give admission might vary, but the flow of documents will be almost the same.

Department – Grad School – International Office

Above chart doesn’t show what happens after department sends the acceptance form to graduate school. When the graduate school in the University receives the acceptance letter from department,  bank statement from the student application and other details will be forwarded to the International Office, which will issue new I-20 to the student.

Some schools will mail the acceptance letter and I-20 only through regular mail ( not fedex or dhl courier service), so it will take 2 to 4 weeks to reach different parts of the world.

Author: Happy Schools Blog

What is a Form I-20 and Why do You Need One?

A Form I-20 is a government form that tells the U.S. government that you are eligible for F-1 Student Status.

It certifies that:

  • you are or expect to be a “bona fide” student;
  • you meet issuing University’s admissions requirements;
  • you will pursue a full course of study;
  • you proved to us that you have enough money to study and live in the U.S. without working illegally or suffering from poverty.

You need a Form I-20 to obtain an F-1 student visa or status, or to keep lawful F-l status when transferring or changing schools within the U.S.

Students must notify their current institution to transfer their SEVIS record to the University prior to the I-20 or DS-2019 issuance.

Does Everyone Need An I-20?

NO, some international students do not need I-20’s. J-1 students need a Form DS-2019 and should ask us for that application. F-2 dependents that want to study full time, must obtain an I-20 and apply for a change of status to F-l student. If you are maintaining another nonimmigrant status in the U.S., you do not have to have an I-20 and may attend school full- or part-time. Dependent children in E, H, I, J, L, M, N, O, P, R, or S status need to change status after their 21st birthday or if they marry.

These Are The Rules For Getting Your Form I-20:

  • You must be a “bona fide” student, accepted to a full-time program of study
  • You must prove to university that you can support the costs of living & studying in the U.S. for one year. U.S. law requires this.

West beckons students despite foreign varsity bill

The government may be keen to allow foreign varsities to set up independent campuses in India but many students say they would still prefer to go abroad for higher education as the exposure counts and the overseas degrees may be of greater value.

Six out of 10 students IANS spoke to said they would prefer to go abroad for studies.

Sneha Ullal, who has applied for the development studies course in Sussex University, Britain, said: ‘It is not just a degree from abroad, but the entire experience of living, studying and adapting to an alien culture that I am looking forward to.

‘A foreign education is more than just a degree as teaching is more informal. The value of a degree from a foreign university would be more valid than a foreign degree taken from India,’ Ullal told IANS.

The Foreign Educational Institution (Regulation of Entry and Operation) Bill, 2010, has been approved by the cabinet and seeks to regulate the entry and operation of foreign institutions to set up their centres in India and offer independent educational degrees. It is yet to be passed in parliament.

According to the ministry of human resource development, around 50 foreign universities have already evinced interest in setting up campuses in India.

If the bill is passed, the approved foreign institutions will be provided deemed university status under Section 3 of the Universities Grants Commission (UGC) Act, 1956.

V. Uma Shankar, director of the Bureau of University and Higher Education, said: ‘By approving the bill, the government is helping Indian students get easier access to international education in a cost effective way.’

While the possibility of getting a foreign university degree without having to spend big money on going abroad spells good news for many, there were those who would rather go overseas even then.

Karan Misra, who wants to apply for a masters degree in healthcare abroad but doesn’t have the finances, said: ‘By approving the foreign university bill, the government has opened a new opportunity for students like me.

‘The opening of foreign universities in India will definitely be a boon for me as it would be cost-effective. But the institutions entering India should ensure that certificates provided by them will have the same value internationally,’ he said.

As per the latest data from the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF), over 130,000 Indian students travelled to the US in 2008-09. In 2007-08, there were 94,563 Indian students in the US. The same year, 25,905 students from India were studying in Britain. The Indian student community was identified as the second largest foreign student community in Britain that year.

Given the enthusiasm for foreign degrees, many are pleased with the government’s moves.

Aruna Chandrahasan, a clerk in the private power company BSES, is looking forward to foreign university campuses here: ‘I hail from a middle class family. As a mother, I’m happy that my daughter’s dream to get a foreign degree will now be given a thought.’

‘With less expense, I hope she will acquire a foreign degree and get good exposure in the subject,’ she said.

But G. Nandini, who has a masters degree from Virginia University and wants to pursue her PhD in the US, expressed scepticism.

‘Campuses in India cannot match those abroad. The quality of study materials, atmosphere and practical knowledge will be missing even if foreign varsities set up their campuses in India,’ she said.

Saurabh Bansal, a student in Delhi University, said, ‘The bill will not restrict students from going abroad for further studies right now as the establishment of full-fledged campuses of foreign universities could take years. By then, I could finish a PhD abroad.’

UK hikes student visa fees, introduces new visa

Britain today announced a steep hike of 54 pounds in the student visa fee and introduced a new category of ‘dependent relative’ visa as a part of its effort to attract those migrants and visitors who can “make a valued contribution”.

The fees for the students’ visa was raised from 145 pounds to 199 pounds while the dependent relative visa would be charged 1680 pounds. The increased fees will come into from April 6.

“The new visa category of ‘dependent relative’ will allow the grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles and siblings over the age of 18 to join family members settled in the UK or being admitted for the purpose of settlement,” an official announcement said. The hike also takes into account the cost of processing visa applications.