International Students Update: UK Immigration Rules Changes!
The Government is gearing up to introduce new immigration rules. The updates are likely to concern international students who will be banned from bringing their families to the UK.
Currently, master’s students can bring their children and partners to the UK with them on a graduate visa. They are allowed to stay for 24 months after the student’s education ends.
The updated rule will not affect Ph.D. students whose training has a duration of three to five years and will produce highly skilled workers.
Net migration is expected to be somewhere around one million when official statistics are published on 25 May.
Such a notable increase in net migration in the last few years is caused by a boost in arrivals of overseas students accompanied by their dependants, as stated by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Don’t forget Prime Minister Rishi Sunak promised to reduce the UK’s net migration.
Reports suggest Rishi Sunak is being consistently asked to deal with the situation by Tory MPs. Moreover, Ministers might announce more immigration restrictions soon, along with confirming the new rules concerning overseas students.
Interestingly, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has also recommended restricting the duration for overseas students to stay in the country.
Professor Brain Bell, the chairman of the committee, was reported as saying that allowing international students to work in the UK for two years after graduating with master’s degrees is not necessary.
Home Secretary Suella Braverman also hoped to raise salary thresholds. Currently, international workers must earn at least £26,000 to be granted permission to migrate to the UK. However, Suella Braverman intended to raise the threshold to £33,000 same as the average wage in the country. Regardless, this proposal was overruled by the Treasury.
The home secretary also talked about how more British people seek training to become lorry drivers and fruit pickers to keep the country from relying on migrant workers.
On the other hand, the Prime Minister believes that more seasonal workers should be granted entry into the UK if the country needs it. He said that an additional 10,000 visas would be available for the agriculture sector, apart from the 45,000 that are currently allocated.
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