Student visa changes

UK student rules to be amended

The home secretary’s announced immigration shakeup is really beginning to bite. If it’s not restaurants she’s after it’s students! The latest with the UKBA is that since 41 per cent of the students entering the country on the Tier 4 (General) route were not on a degree level course the way forward is to make students go back home before they can come back to the UK to begin a new course!

A new short removal requirement. That’s the way to go really isn’t it. Astonishing for the land of Magna Carta, liberty etc etc to do such a thing to people who contribute to this society.

It’s not as if the locals, “natives” of England who only drink beer, watch football and be racist in any spare time, will be studying a lot after the new university fees for English students were announced.

The immigration minister Mr Green stated that the UK would be more “selective” about choosing the “highest calibre” of foreign students. Now why would someone want to come to the UK to study just to go back home given that the post study work rights introduced under the PBS are going to be deleted in April 2011?

Let’s face it Mr Green UK universities are really terrible. After the new home fees, a large number of English students are choosing to go the US to study in community colleges in order to save money. Let’s hope the Americans can make the English pay heavy visa fees.

The big change announced by Mr Green is that any courses below degree level will only be open to foreign students if the institutions offering such courses are on the Highly Trusted Sponsor Register. The other measure to ensure that only the highest calibre foreigners enter the UK is to raise the English level requirements from level B1 CEFR to level B2.

An eight week consultation on Tier 4 (General) is open until 31 January 2011. It is available here.

About Asad Ali Khan, BA, MSc, MA, LL.B (Hons), LL.M

Senior Partner, Khan & Co, Barristers-at-Law
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