Kings Court Chambers Comments on Review of UK Student Visa Changes

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UK Immigration is a news topic constant and a sensitive political issue dividing opinion across the general UK population and those involved in politics. In this release Kings Court Chambers comments on the review of the UK Student Visa system which has impacted many overseas students and UK educational institutions across the British Isles.

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Overseas students are estimated to bring £8 billion a year into the UK economy.

Kings Court Chambers, Birmingham, comments: “The latest review of the UK Student Visa rules has seemingly had a negative impact according to widespread opinion. Perhaps the most high profile cases concerning the crackdown on the Student Visa route involve Leeds College and the London Metropolitan University, whereby over 2,000 students have been left in limbo.”

It has been widely publicised that the in-depth review of student visa laws has been incredibly tough as UK Immigration officials attempt to make it far more difficult for overseas students to obtain a UK Study Visa.

So what does the future hold for overseas students wishing to study in the UK? Well the press perception points out that overseas students have simply turned their back on Britain and its unwelcoming stance concerning students. Many foreign students have turned their attentions to other European nations, finding them much more welcoming and accepting.

Figures released by the Office of National Statistics, following the review of student visa laws, show that tighter restrictions were already proving detrimental to the education sector as there had been a 26% fall in the number of UK Visas issued for the purposes of study in Britain.

More recently and more specifically, one particular UK University identified that, following the review, they had witnessed a 65% decrease of Indian nationals applying for a British Study Visa.

Furthermore, UCAS have also identified a slowdown in the number of non-EU undergraduate students making applications to study in the UK after the review was carried out.

Kings Court Chambers comments: “Overseas students are estimated to bring £8 billion a year into the UK economy, a figure projected to rise to £16.8 billion by 2025, according to a study by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.”

A Kings Court Chambers spokesperson said: “At present it has become apparent that overseas students have simply been deterred from applying for a UK Visa to study here. The review will no doubt hamper the education sector and the recovery of the British economy. The effect of such changes goes beyond the impact it’s having on overseas students, it’s affecting the very heart of the UK economy and Britain’s overall reputation.”

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