All part of new drive to cut down immigration
Home secretary Theresa May is reportedly working on new plans to make sure that foreign students leave the UK as soon as they finish their studies.
The new proposals are part of the Home Secretary’s commitment to cut down immigration, probably in an effort to appeal to Tory voters being wooed away by the ever-present Ukip rhetoric on immigration.
Under the new laws, foreign students from outside the UK will have to leave the country immediately after graduation in order to apply for any further extensions from their home countries.
According to the Evening Standard, a source close to Ms May said, “Making sure immigrants leave Britain at the end of their visa is as important a part of running a fair and efficient immigration system as controlling who comes here in the first place.
“Theresa is pressing for the next Conservative manifesto to contain a policy that will make sure that anybody coming here on a student visa will have to leave the country in order to apply for a new visa of any kind.
“She wants to make the colleges and universities that sponsor foreign students responsible for ensuring their departure.
“She wants to be able to fine colleges and universities with low departure rates and deprive the worst of them of their right to sponsor foreign students.”
Despite new measures to curb immigration, the government has failed to meet its own mandate to reduce net immigration to the tens of thousands. Issues particularly relating to EU migration has been a thorny issue for the Tory led coalition as the government has very little power to curb migration from the Eurozone, hence the focus on at least reducing immigration from outside the EU.
Many of Britain’s immigrant population today were initially students who settled in the UK after finishing their studies.