The number of student visas for the UK is to be cut by around 80,000 after increasing fears that holders are using them dishonestly.
Home Secretary, Theresa May, expressed concerns over the amount of people who “were here to work and not study”.
She added that the rules for acquiring a student visa should become tougher, one of which including the student being able to speak English.
“Students who want to come here should be able to speak English, to supports themselves financially without taking paid employment, and to show they are coming for study and not for work.”
Not only does May intend to crackdown on the misuse of student visas, but also the elimination of “bogus colleges” and fake visa documents.
Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper, warned that the stricter rules must not damage an industry that is now worth £40 bn a year.
She argued that the government should tackle the broken immigration policy and not damage an important part of the UK’s economy.
One student currently studying on a student visa at The College of Law in Bloomsbury said, “If I wasn’t allowed a student visa I would have thought that was an infringement of my right to education.”
“It doesn’t matter if at the end of it I achieve high grades or a better paid job, but the knowledge itself along with the gained experience.”
This student thinks there could be better ways of tackling those who get a student visa and use it to work in this country.
“I don’t think it’s a good idea to toughen up the rules of getting [a] student visa,” she said.
“Students’ attendance should be monitored. It is the only way to make sure the students are here to study. If they don’t attend lectures and seminars then they should face a withdrawal of their student visa.”