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Government to launch review of student visas.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced a review of the student visa process, to clamp down on people applying to study in the UK with the intention of working illegally when they get here.

The review, reporting in December, will consider whether visas should be granted only to foreign students on degree and postgraduate courses and stopped for those seeking to take shorter courses leading to lower-level qualifications. 

The review, which comes just eight months after the launch of Tier 4 for student visas, would ”look at the case for raising the minimum level of course for which foreign students can get a visa,” Brown said. 

The report, expected this December, and would also ”examine the case for introducing mandatory English-language testing for student visas other than for English courses, and also review rules under which students on lower qualification courses work part time, especially those on short courses, to look at whether temporary students are filling jobs that would be better filled by young British workers.”

Speaking to an Indian newspaper on the issue of raising the minimum level of course for which foreign students can get a visa, Sam Murray, a spokesperson from the UK Border Agency, said: 

”At present, a general student can get a confirmation of acceptance for studies or a visa letter for courses that lead to an approved qualification approved at level 3 or the same as or above on the national qualifications framework, among others. What we got from the speech is that this level is to be reviewed”.

And the chief executive of the Immigration Advisory Service, Keith Best, said he was “very worried” that any clampdown on student visas could harm the UK’s lucrative English-language teaching sector.

Immigration Matters Comment

Overseas students are worth around £8 billion to the UK economy and provide employment for many thousands of British workers, so the government will not want to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.

A number of industry sectors, such as healthcare and hospitality, are almost totally dependent on the flexible labour provided by overseas students who fill thousands of vacant posts all over the country.

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  1. the best way that the uk government..PM Brown should do is to shift the student visa of those students already in the UK to Work Visa. Since the British government cannot deny the fact that if it weren’t for the international students producing a minimum of £8 billion income from the international studen ts alone…, UK would not survive in the global recession.

  2. md saleh mazumder says :

    British goverment created a loophole for the unwanted foreign students who has nothing to do with studies to cheat the new tire 4 system. IELTS should be impliment with the tire 4 system to solve this problem

  3. actavia Farhat says :

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  4. people in other country has the right to study if they can support themselves,this is a stepping stone for people to change there lives 🙁 he needs to think !!!!!!!!!!

  5. Keith Best’s organisation will play an important role on the committee who are tasked by the government to advise on the PBS review proposals, so he has the right and a responsibility to comment on these proposals.

    The government needs to (but will not) –
    1) Audit all institutions with the power to issue visa letters, and revoke the licenses of those who are not properly applying visa regulations.

    2) Enforce existing right to work legislation by exercising existing rights of audit, and punishing offending employers and individuals.

    Instead the government will make it incredibly difficult for bona fide language students to enter the UK for study purposes.

    On the bright side, Gordon Brown will have a shiny new anti-immigration flag to wave for his upcoming election campaign.

  6. Kirstie Jackson says :

    There is a petition available to sign here:

    • @ http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/PBSReview/

    Does the government not realise the serious consequences this reform would have for research, learning and skills in this country, never mind their pet concern of the economy ?

  7. UNDER NEW PBS STUDENT VISA EVERY STUDENT HAVE TO HAVE STUDEY THEN HE WILL STUDY HE HAVE TO HAVE PAY, I FEEL THAT THIS RULE IS BETTER FOR UK AND OVERSEAS TOO!

  8. […] Student visa system to be reviewed […]

  9. Fred Jones says :

    Keith Best should not be concerning himself with the the “lucrative” student route. This is not what the Home Office pay a massive grant to his organisation to do.

  10. actually the uk government does not know how 2 manage the immigration.why they r not doing IELTS compulsory 4 students.

  11. […] Government to launch review of student visas […]

  12. I think that the PM is under very high pressure due to the fact of the recent political instability caused mainly by the expenses based on the mps…this is nothing to do with foreign students…if we are all out of here then what would British nationals pay for their university fees, 8,000/year?Is the population aware of that?I wonder?

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