Proposed changes to the UK Student Visa system is under public consideration.
08 December 2010
Major UK immigration reform for the student visa system
UK Immigration Minister Damian Green has announced proposed changes to the UK Student Visa system including tougher entrance criteria, limits on work and an end to students staying in the UK to look for a job.
The Government has launched a public consultation on the reform of the UK Student Visa program.
Immigration Minister Damian Green said: “I believe attracting talented students from abroad is vital to the UK but we must be more selective about who can come here and how long they can stay.
“People imagine students to be those who come here for a few years to study at university and then go home - that is not always the case. Too many students coming to study at below degree level have been coming here to live and work, rather than studying. We need to stop this abuse.
“Today's proposals follow a major review of the system, and are aimed at a more selective system and, crucially, reducing the numbers to meet our target of reducing net migration to sustainable levels.”
The UK immigration consultation will run for eight weeks, seeking views proposals which include:
Reducing the number of people coming to the UK to study at below degree level;
Introducing a tougher English language requirement;
Ensuring students wishing to extend their studies show evidence of academic progression;
Limiting students' entitlements to work and their ability to bring in dependants; AND
Improving the accreditation process for education providers, alongside more rigorous inspections.
Mr Green said the Government wants high calibre students with the genuine desire to study to come to our country to come for temporary periods, and then return home.
The new proposals could see Tier 4 visa holders restricted to those studying largely degree level courses and to child students, unless the institution is a Highly Trusted Sponsor.
Students will also have to return overseas after their course finishes will mean students will have to leave the UK and apply for a new UK Visa to further their studies, and show evidence of progression to a higher course.
It will also see the closure of the post-study route under Tier 1.