It’s going to get tougher for the student. The Government has made it clear that further measures to tighten student visa rules are due in April next year.
Elaborating, the Home Office said: ‘The post study work route, which allowed overseas students to work after graduation will be closed and students wishing to work will need to apply for a work visa.
`There will also be new time limits on student visas and tougher rules on work placements. The UK Border Agency will monitor the behaviour of all sponsors and take action against any that are not complying with standards of education provision or immigration control.
`The changes to the student route form part of sweeping changes to overhaul the immigration system and reduce net migration from hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands.
`A limit on non-EU workers coming to the UK has already been introduced. Restrictions on the right to settle here will be outlined shortly alongside reforms to the family migration route which will promote integration and reduce burdens on the taxpayer’.
The assertion came along with the declaration that too many institutions were offering international students an immigration service rather than an education.
Immigration Minister Damian Green said: ‘Widespread abuse of the student visa system has gone on for too long and the changes we have made are beginning to bite.
‘Too many institutions were offering international students an immigration service rather than an education. Only first-class education providers should be given licences to sponsor international students.’