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Toughen the visa requirements for students

We will toughen the visa requirements for students, to make sure that we maintain high standards.

Our Verdict

The government has made it clear that it is committed to keeping Britain’s prestigious higher education system open to international students without any limit on their intake. However, it wishes to tackle immigration abuse by poor quality (and often bogus) institutions, with students coming to work rather than study, thereby damaging the UK higher education system’s reputation.

The first step it has undertaken to implement this measure is to commission the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to prepare a report on the social and economic impact of international students to the UK. The Home Secretary at the time, Amber Rudd, announced this commission at the end of August 2017, and it is due to report in September 2018. The report, it is hoped, will give the government a good knowledge base that it can act on. For this reason, we are marking this policy as ‘in progress’. Standby for updates when the MAC completes its work!

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