Foreign students will have to leave the UK after their studies come to an end and non-EU students cannot work up to 10 hours a week, according to Theresa May’s new policy.
The rules which apply to all students outside the European Union, have been hailed by Tory ministers who say that colleges are used by foreign students as a back door to a British work visa. Universities meanwhile have warned of the possible negative effects.
Immigration Minister James Brokenshire said these changes will “further protect the UK’s reputation for educational excellence”.
“Immigration offenders want to sell illegal access to the UK jobs market – and there are plenty of people willing to buy,” he said. “Hard-working taxpayers who are helping to pay for publicly-funded colleges expect them to be providing top-class education, not a back door to a British work visa.”
These reforms will be introduced in parliament this week.