A MP has called for changes to be made to UK Visa rules for students.
01 July 2010
Calls to change UK Visa rules for overseas students
A Liberal Demoncrat MP has called on David Cameron to remove UK Visa rules that have prevented overseas students coming to learn English on courses lasting greater than six months.
Eastbourne's MP Stephen Lloyd said under changes to the rules earlier this year students are only able to obtain a UK Visa to enrol on longer courses if they already spoke the language, a requirement he says is contrary to logic.
At Prime Minister's Questions Mr Lloyd said: "Given the Chancellor's recent comments stating that the UK is 'open for business' I'd like to ask you why it is that foreign students who come here to study at English language schools for periods greater than six months and contribute an estimated £600 million to this vital industry must now be already able to speak English before they can get a visa?"
Mr Lloyd’s constituency includes a number of language schools, and he called for a meeting with UK immigration Minister Damian Green to discuss the issue.
Mr Cameron responded that there are many bogus colleges, and many people pretending to come and study when really they are coming for work. He agreed to arrange a meeting with Mr Green on the issue.
The UK Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with their UK Visa applications to the British High Commission.