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EMAIL REPLY FROM FOREIGN SECRETARY’S OFFICE RE; OVERSEAS STUDENT VISA WILL NOT BE REDUCED AS RUMOURED

From: Carl.Millar@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
To: Totalitjobs@aol.com
Sent: 29/12/2016 11:19:45 GMT Standard Time
Subj: Reduction of Foreign Student Visas by 50%

Dear Mr Rabheru,

Thank you for your email of 21 December addressed to the Foreign Secretary about student migration policy.

Claims the Home Office is modelling cuts to reduce international students are categorically untrue.

International students are greatly valued by the UK.  It is recognised that they make an important contribution during their time here, and they help make our education system one of the best in the world. After the USA, the UK remains the second most popular destination in the world for international higher education students and we want to continue to attract the brightest and best to study at our world-leading institutions. There remains no limit on the number of genuine international students who can come to study in the UK.

At the same time, we will continue to reform the student visa system to tackle abuse, and deliver an effective immigration system that is fair to British citizens and those who play by the rules.  This is not about pulling up the drawbridge to reduce student numbers, but making sure those students that come here, come to study.

The latest figures show that visa applications from university students are now 17 per cent higher than they were in 2010 and visa applications to Russell Group universities are 47 per cent higher than in 2010. 

As the Home Secretary recently announced, we will be seeking views on the non-EU work and study immigration routes. This will include consideration of what more we can do to strengthen the system to support the best institutions – and those that stick to the rules – to attract the best talent. This will include looking, for the first time, at whether our student immigration rules should be tailored to the quality of the institution.

Interested parties, including businesses and members of the education sector, will have the opportunity to engage with this work to help us get these reforms right.

I hope that this goes someway to address the concerns that you have raised.

Yours sincerely,

Vanessa Ryan

Student Migration Policy Team

 

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