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MAC Chairman Prof Metcalf criticises UK student immigration policy | Immigration Matters

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The Evening Standard has reported that Professor David Metcalf, Chairman of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), said he was “stunned” that 770 universities and colleges offer courses that provide a route for non EU graduates to remain here for two years looking for work.

Immigrants are using degrees in circus skills, acupuncture and ancient medicine to stay in Britain, says an immigration expert.

Colleges providing courses that could lead to bachelor degrees included the Chicken Shed Theatre Company, the Centre for Homeopathic Education and Circus Space.

About 42,000 students were given two-year visas in the past year under the Post-Study Work Route. Foreign graduates at 154 major universities are automatically granted visas. But Professor Metcalf said a further 599 institutions can hand out visas, mostly further education colleges that get visas validated by a university.

He added: “We should have a good look at these institutions to see if it is legitimate for all students there on all the courses to get post-study visas.” Source: Evening Standard


The immigration rules allow degree level graduates to apply to stay on under Tier 1, whether the degree is for accountancy or acupuncture.

The idea of the Tier 1 or highly skilled migrant system is to attract the brightest migrants and encourage those who have gained qualifications in the UK to stay on and use their skills here. 

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