Immigration Minister urges people to have their say
27 January 2011: Immigration Minister Damian Green has made it clear that they were going to be more selective about students `who can come here and how long they can stay’. Green has also urged people to come forward and have their say before national consultation on reform of the student route to the UK draws to a close.
The public consultation on reform of the student visa closes on 31 January.
Green has asserted: ‘I believe attracting talented students from abroad is vital to the UK, but we must clamp down on abuse and be more selective about who can come here and how long they can stay.
‘Too many students arriving to study at below degree level have been coming here with a view to living and working, rather than studying. We need to stop this abuse.
‘I am pleased that so far people have been engaging with us on this issue, and we have received a substantial number of responses to our consultation. I want to encourage those who haven’t had their say to do so now.’