UK To Ban Immigration Of Masters Students’ Families, Others – Report

In this file photo taken on December 31, 2020, a UK border sign welcomes passengers on arrival at Heathrow airport in west London. (Ben FATHERS / AFP)

 

The UK has made measures to forbid some international students from bringing their families into the nation.

The action is purportedly a part of a crackdown on immigration, as official data due out on Thursday is anticipated to reveal a sharp increase in net migration to 1 million.

“A string of alarmed Tory MPs have broken cover to call for Rishi Sunak to get a grip on the rocketing numbers,” The Sun UK revealed in a report on Saturday.

“Scrambling to get ahead of the bad news, ministers are expected to announce the immigration clampdown on Tuesday or Wednesday.”

According to the report, the crackdown will see “all masters students and many other postgraduate students” banned from bringing family over.

“The ban will not apply to PHD students, whose courses usually last between 3 and 5 years and are very highly skilled,” it added.

According to immigration statistics, there has been a “explosion” in the number of persons moving to Britain on the basis of the student visas granted to their relatives.

According to reports, students brought 135,788 additional family members to Britain last year, nine times as many as in 2019.

“Last year, 59,053 Nigerian students brought over 60,923 relatives,” the report noted.

The anticipated restriction comes one month after the UK suspended “active recruitment” of knowledgeable and experienced health and social care workers from 54 other nations worldwide, primarily African ones.

Some nations were included to the UK’s “Red List” in its amended “Code of Practice for the International Recruitment of Health and Social Care Personnel in England,” which was based on the World Health Organization Workforce Support and Safeguard List, 2023.

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