27 July 2011

MPs say UK Student Visa restrictions could harm economy

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Several MPs have accused the UK government of rushing plans to curb student visas, with fears that doing so could have a negative impact on the economy.

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Student visa restrictions could negatively effect the economy.

The changes to UK Student Visas will involve higher English language requirements, a greater scrutiny of private colleges and more restrictions on when students and their dependents can work.

 It is estimated that these new UK visa restrictions will see the number of students coming to the UK drop from approx. 250,000 a year to 75,000 a year.

Immigration minister Damian Green has stated that the changes were only introduced after full and extensive consultation, though the Home Affairs Committee has said that they are concerned that the restrictions could cost the UK economy £3.4 billion.

MPs have expressed concern that, despite the risks and potential costs, the policy is still set to go ahead as planned.

Chairman of the Home Affairs Committee, Keith Vaz, said: "The Home Secretary's dismissal of the impact assessment is very disappointing. The government appears to be not only making policy without adequate immigration statistics, but also ignoring its own evidence. We reiterate the need for an immigration policy which is both evidence-based and does not adversely affect the British economy."

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