No Cap On International Students, Advises Migration Report
Wednesday 3rd October 2018
The recently released report from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) stated the UK should retain no cap on the number of international students. With over 750,000 students coming to the UK to study per year, the MAC "strongly recommends this continues as there is clear evidence of the benefits of international students."
The report also suggests maintaining existing policy to include international students in immigration figures:
"There are no grounds for removing students from the net migration statistics themselves, and to do so could compromise the quality of the statistics that are used for population estimates."
Theresa May has long dismissed calls to remove students from the conservatives net migration target of below 100,000.
Main recommendations of the report
- To retain no cap on the numbers of international students;
- Government and the sector should continue to work together to grow the number of international students;
- International students should not be removed from the net migration statistics;
- Rules of work while study and dependent rights should remain unchanged;
- Widening of the window in which applications for switches from Tier 4 to Tier 2 can be made; and,
- Post-study leave period extended to six months for Master's students.
Universities UK President, Dame Professor Janet Beer responding to the report said:
"While the report recognises the enormous contribution international students make to life in the UK, we are disappointed with its main recommendations.
"We agree that the government and the sector should continue to work together to grow the number of international students, but growth will only be possible if we have an immigration system that encourages talented international students to choose the UK."
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