The BBC is reporting that Home Secretary Theresa May is backing a plan that would require foreign students to leave the country at the end of their courses…
Mrs May believes the current rules are being abused, with many students staying in the country illegally after their studies, BBC political correspondent Carole Walker said.
The proposal is being considered for the next Conservative Party manifesto.
Labour said foreign students brought “billions of investment” into Britain.
Under the current rules, students from outside the EU are allowed to stay in Britain for four months at the end of their courses and if they get graduate jobs they can switch from student visas to work visas.
The plan put forward by the Conservatives would require anyone whose student visa expires to leave the country and re-apply if they want to continue their studies or take up graduate jobs.
A senior Home Office source said the “brightest and best” would still be able to come back to the UK, saying abuse of the system was fuelling net immigration…
Any merit in this proposal from Theresa May or is this pandering to anti-immigration sentiment at a potential cost to our economy? Please let us know what you think in the comments or via Twitter…
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