The Truth About Foreign Student Visas

1 Dec

You may have heard in the press recently that the British government has put a cap on student visas that will make coming to study in the UK much harder. However, we would like to tell you the real facts, which show that for the vast majority of foreign students this is not true.

The sensational headlines in the UK media tell how the number of non-EU student visas is being slashed as the Government attempts to fulfill its pledge to bring net migration down from 196,000 to the tens of thousands by 2015. However, the full truth is a little different.

British Home Secretary Theresa May recently emphasized that this new policy was not a blanket reduction of all student visas, but actually a crack down on a very specific group. She explained how the government would be targeting non-EU students coming to study at privately-funded colleges and on long courses below degree level. She reasoned that many of the students applying for such courses may be exploiting the visa system.

Therefore, for international students who want to study in the UK to actually enhance their career options and gain a worthy qualification, the reduction of visas should not be a problem.

Indeed, the General Secretary of the University & College Union Sally Hunt said

“We need to be able to offer places to the world’s best students. The last thing we want to do is send a message that those students are not welcome here”.

If you are thinking about coming to UK to study, then check out our comprehensive guide with all the application information about universities, courses and visas you need.

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