UK needs to provide better immigration arrangements for foreign students
The immigration minister of UK Mark Harper have announced in from of a committee of the House of Lords that Great Britain has failed to provide good arrangements for international students, who graduate in UK to stay in the country. Currently international students that graduate in the country are allowed to stay only if they find a job that pays more than 20 000 Pounds in Brutto salary per year. Mr Harper was speaking to the House of Lords Soft Power and the UK’s Influence Committee which was taking questions from figures involved in the UK’s ‘export education sector’. The Committee was assembled to ‘examine the use of soft power in furthering the United Kingdom’s global influence and interests’. According to Professor Colin Riordan foreign students choose not to come to UK due to high fees and complex bureaucracy that are associated with getting tier 4 visas. The main factor however, he claims is that the post study Tier 1 visa has been abolished which significantly limits their opportunities fro living and working in UK after their graduation. He claims that the closure of the post study track creates a huge disadvantage for UK in comparison with similar student destinations such as United States and Australia. The Immigration Minister Mark Harper however have said that many people make erroneous claims about immigration that are not backed by sufficient data. He said that the total number of student visas had fallen because UK immigration had closed down 700 further education colleges ‘because there had been significant abuse’ of the student visa. The government according to him has done a very good job in cracking this abuse down.
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