Any students that wish to go to school in Britain and then find work afterward better think again if they are from outside the European Union. In fact, Damian Green, the immigration minister, said that students coming to Britain from outside the European Union should be stopped from being moved into the UK to work after completing their studies.
Mr Green went on to say that it seems to him that to allow unrestricted access to the job market for two years to anyone with a student visa from abroad is putting unnecessary strain on British graduates. Thus, something needs to be done about it.
Due to this, the UK is likely going to impose some new restrictions on people from outside the European Union before granting them a student visa. This could all be part of David Cameron’s promise to reduce immigration and curb visa abuse.
The current rules allow non-European Union students to work for at least two years after finishing their courses. Now, due to the rule change, this is likely going to be restricted. However, just how much it will be restricted has yet to be seen.
Of course, some experts say that this could drive international students away. This is bad news since migration and international students are said to be worth about 5 billion pounds to the UK economy every year.
More news on this should become available just before the actual restrictions get put in place. However, one thing is for sure…international students are likely to be very upset with these new restrictions. Unfortunately for them, there is nothing that they can do to keep these latest restrictions from being put in place.