Getting Choosy

Dec 08, 2010 (LBO) – Britain intends to restrict entry of foreigners for study with tougher criteria for adult students and stricter accreditation procedures for private sector education providers, a statement said. They aim to ensure students return overseas after their course, limit entitlements to work and to sponsor dependants and simplify procedures for checking low-risk applications. The British High Commission said the government had published a consultation on reform of the student visa system that will still attract top students but be more selective.

The consultation, available at www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/student-consult-online, will run for eight weeks, until January 31, 2011.

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 statement quoted Immigration Minister Damian Green as saying.

People imagine students to be those who come here for a few years to study at university and then go home – that is not always the case.

“Too many students coming to study below degree level have been coming here to live and work, rather than studying. We need to stop this abuse.”