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Beware of Visa Scams: A Warning to International Students

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Welfare officer Akhil Sha

As the Welfare Officer of Your Students' Union, it is my duty to ensure the wellbeing and safety of all our students. Unfortunately, I have noticed a concerning trend of students being targeted by a scam related to visas being operated by fraudulent agents. These scams risk the future aspirations of students and could also ruin their financial wellbeing.

One particular scam that has surfaced recently is agents falsely telling student they are eligible to stay in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme visa scam, when they do not meet the proper eligibility. This misinformation preys on individuals who may be desperate to find a way to legally stay in the UK (United Kingdom) after their studies or excluded from the university due to certain reasons. Additionally, there have been cases of fraudulent agents providing misinformation about other visas that students can apply for such as the Health Care visa when in fact they do not meet the eligibility criteria. When students are offered these, they are false promises to residency in the UK and can costs students large sums of money.

It is crucial for every student to be aware of the red flags associated with visa scams and to know how to protect themselves from becoming victims. Here are some key points to keep in mind:

  • Know the Official Channels: When dealing with visa matters, always rely on official government websites or trusted immigration advisors provided by the university. Avoid third-party agents promising quick fixes or guaranteed results.
  • Research Thoroughly: Take the time to research the visa requirements and eligibility criteria for your specific situation – always use official government websites. If something seems too good to be true or does not align with official guidelines, proceed with caution. Read Your Advice Services’ information about spotting scams here.
  • Seek Advice: Do not hesitate to seek advice and guidance from the university's international student support services or Visa Team. They are there to help you navigate the complexities of immigration law and can provide accurate information tailored to your circumstances. You can email them at
  • Stay Informed: Keep yourself updated on any changes or updates to immigration policies and regulations. Scammers often exploit confusion or lack of awareness about new visa schemes or procedures.
  • Trust Your Instincts: If you feel uncomfortable or suspicious about a visa offer or arrangement, trust your instincts and seek a second opinion. It is better to be cautious than to fall victim to fraud.

As your Welfare Officer, I urge all students to remain vigilant and cautious when dealing with visa-related matters. We are committed to supporting and protecting the interests of our international student community, and together, we can combat visa scams and ensure a safe and secure environment for everyone.

If you have been targeted or victimised by a visa scam (or any scam), please do not hesitate to reach out to Your Students' Union Advice Service. Your wellbeing and safety are our top priorities, and we are here to support you every step of the way.




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