On 4 July this year, the government’s student visa restrictions came into place. The new rules limit the number of dependents students can bring with them, curb their work entitlements during study, reduce their ability to stay on after they graduate, and require them to demonstrate a proficiency in English on arrival. They also impose stringent new conditions upon organisations seeking to gain ‘highly trusted’ sponsor status.
Despite the fact that the international student market is estimated to be worth £40 billion to the UK economy, these measures are aiming to reduce the numbers of foreign students coming into the country each year by up to 80,000 (or 25%).
The madness of this policy in a time of austerity has been highlighted by Nick Jordan among others … but the impact the changes will have on university recruitment is not yet known … read the rest of this post at guardian.co.uk