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The UK Immigration Minister, Damian Green, has reiterated the Government’s plans to review the Tier 4 student visa system in a speech to the think tank Reform.

Speaking at a conference in London, Mr Green focused particularly on the privately-funded further education sector (private colleges), which he said is subject to ‘less regulation and more open to abuse’.

The national consultation on Tier 4 closed on the 31 January and Mr Green outlined how the agency will ‘use this to further strengthen the student visa system and clamp down on abuses of the student route to the UK’.

Mr Green said:

‘I believe attracting talented students from abroad is vital to the UK but we must be more selective about who can come here and how long they can stay’.

The 8 week public consultation received over 30,000 responses, and sought views on a range of measures to reduce the overall number of students who can come into the UK. Proposals in the consultation included:

  • reducing the number of people coming to the UK to study at below degree level;
  • introducing a tougher English language requirement;
  • ensuring students wishing to extend their studies show evidence of academic progression;
  • limiting students’ entitlements to work and their ability to bring in dependants; and
  • improving the accreditation process for education providers, alongside more rigorous inspections.

The UK Border Agency said the results of the consultation will be announced in the coming weeks, although it doesn’t take much ‘reading between the lines’ to see that Mr Green has clearly decided what to do already.

In their blog yesterday, A Study in Stupidity, the JCWI, which as been relatively on this subject, said that “education and training exports represent the second biggest contributor to the UK’s net balance of payments. They are, according to the Financial Times, worth £40 billion”.

See also:

How to Obtain a Student Visa to Study in the UK

A Study in Stupidity – JCWI Blog

Tier 4 student visa cuts will damage UK Universities, Ministers warned

Student Visa Public Consultation ends 31 January

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  7. rufulmiah says :

    I AM A STUDENT OF WHITECHAPEL COLLEGE DOING DMS LEVEL-7. I AM GOING TO FINISH MY COURSE IN APRIL .I WILLL DO MY MBA IN ANOTHER COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY.DO I NEED TO APPLY FOR THE NEW VISA? AS I CAME HERE IN JANUARY 2010.MY VISA WILL BE FINISHED IN DECEMBER.AND AFTER DOING MBA CAN I GO FOR POST STUDY WORK?

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  9. […] amount of capping ‘shortage occupation listed’ skilled workers or clamping down of oveerseas Tier 4 students will stop the main flow of migrants from Eastern […]

  10. […] The cap on working migrants is part of the government’s plans to reduce overall immigration from the ‘hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands’ and will include a ‘clampdown on Tier 4 visas for non-EU students’. […]

  11. Sofia Pollard says :

    I have no doubts with students who come into this country to study and finished their degrees but I noted that some “students” who mostly come from the Philippines uses student visas as a tool to basically come here and work which is actually happening. They enroll on courses, attended twice a week and work more than the required hours and still bring their dependents here. The courses they study is generally NVQ. They won’t get a job going back to their country on these NVQ’s. Most of them are just high school grads. They do not go to universities or colleges but just schools intended who cater for these courses. What is going on? Most of the girls tend to get pregnant and that will become their major reason of not going back to their country once their so called student visas expires because they have children here and best of all….benefits….who needs to work when you can get benefits. I hope the government will wake up now as it is not fair…

  12. There is no date yet. These are proposals or plans laid out in the student visa consultation document:
    Student Visa Public Consultation ends 31 January
    To all international students, college & University staff
    If you are really concerned about the proposed abolition of PWS you should lobby and write your local MP, the Education Secretary Michael Gove and the Immigration Minister Damian Green.
    Despite widespread publicity only 30,000 people bothered to spend 20 minutes taking part in the student visa consultation, a pathetic response when you consider that almost 300,000 international student arrived in a single year!
    The changes to Tier 4 and Tier 1 will affect hundreds of thousands of students, tutors and university staff, yet only a handful of them took part in the consultation. Few will take the time to write to their MP or a Minister, and even fewer will start a lobby or protest group.
    If you want the government to drop this proposal then frankly you all need to get off your butts and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

  13. i am studying tourism and hospitality management level 7 from October 2010. and my concern is that can i apply for psw after completion my course? iam hearing from u soon.thanks.
    regards.

  14. plz would you like to update me regarding Post study visa. Like when ukba suppose to close this route. as I am doing master degree and will be get my degree in May2011. SO at that time could i apply for psw visa.

    kind regards
    ahmed

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  16. i am on study visa in uk. i needed update rules of study in uk and others. thanks.

  17. iam on my psw visa now. i nr=eeded to update immigratin laws

  18. […] reduce immigration to the ‘tens of thousands’ and Tier 2 working migrants, as well as Tier 4 student proposals announced last week, are very much in the firing […]

  19. khaled says :

    I want to complete my higher studies for Graduate Diploma in Business Manangement level NQFL-6 from ACCES COLLEGE LONDON AND INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES, ROYAL LONDON COLLEGE,

    Please give me the suggestions for this colleges is registered sponsor list and this course is registered with awarding bodies.

    I am waiting for your early reply,

    Thanks & Regards,

    KHALED KHAN

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