The BBC is reporting that the rules for student visas into the UK are to be much tougher – after fears that this route of entry is being used dishonestly.
Home Secretary Theresa May said student visas were being abused and “too many were here to work and not to study”. She announced plans to cut the number of student visas by up to 80,000 – about a quarter of the current numbers. Tightening rules to stop false applications would be “in the best interests of legitimate students,” she said. The tougher rules will include a requirement for students to be able to speak English.
Universities had previously expressed fears about the loss of overseas students from tighter visa rules – but Universities UK said that their concerns had been taken into account. Many of the restrictions are targeted at students in private colleges – rather than universities.
“We will need to look closely at the finer detail, but they have listened to our concerns about pathway courses into universities and the need for the language requirement to be set at a realistic level that will not deter good students,” said Edward Acton, vice-chancellor of the University of East Anglia.
The proposals from the government are the latest attempt to find a way to stop false applications without deterring legitimate students, who have become an important source of funding for UK universities and colleges.
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