Going gets tough for bogus students in the UK

Students studying below degree level have a limited ability to work; their dependants cannot work at all.
11 February 2010:
British Home secretary Alan Johnson has made it clear that bogus students will find it tough to gain entry and work in the UK, illegally.

According to the new regulations, it will be ensured that students studying below degree level have a limited ability to work in the UK, and that their dependants cannot work here at all.

The new measures aimed at weeding out the bogus students, and welcoming the genuine include: a good standard of English; restricting the lowest-level courses to only the most trusted institutions; reducing to half the time a student studying below first degree level or on a foundation degree course will be able to work. It will be just 10 hours during term time.

The steps also include a ban on bringing in dependants for anyone studying a course for less than six months and a ban on dependants of anyone studying a course lower than foundation or undergraduate degree level from working. The students will face removal from the UK, if found violating the rules.

The measures comes less than a fortnight after the UK Border Agency announced its decision against accepting any new students’ visa applications from 1 February 2010 at its centres in North India, Bangladesh and Nepal.

Announcing the tightening of the student visa regime, Johnson said genuine students would continue to be welcomed.

The measures were announced during the unveiling of details of the points system for those wishing to earn British Citizenship from next year

Announcing points system, Johnson said from 2011, they will put the mechanisms in place that will ensure that people who are allowed to become citizens have earned their right to stay here.

They would do this using a points test, giving them the ability to take clear, enforceable decisions about who should be allowed to stay permanently, with the flexibility to raise or lower the threshold for citizenship, depending on the current interests of the country and economy, he said.

Johnson added the points-based system was introduced to provide a rigorous system to manage legitimate access to the UK to work and study, with the ability to respond to changing circumstances.

They want foreign students to come here to study, not to work illegally, and they have set out necessary steps which will maintain the robustness of the system they introduced last year.

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