Believing that UK needs to attract only talented students of high caliber, Immigration Minister Damian Green reiterates the Home Office's policy on student visas.

"Tougher entrance criteria, limits on work and an end to students staying in the UK to look for a job are just some of the changes part of a shake-up of the student visa system."

The Home Office has launched a public consultation on the reform of Tier 4 of the points-based system after revealing that "41 per cent of students coming through this route were studying courses below degree level."

"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," the Minister said.

The consultation runs for 8 weeks and seeks to get views (see below) primarily on what the public sentiment is on reducing the number of students that can come into the UK.

The overall result desired is "to achieve its overall aim of reducing net migration, in addition to the introduction of an annual limit on workers from outside Europe. The student route accounts for two-thirds of migrants entering the UK each year, which is why it is a key focus for reform."

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Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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