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You may have seen reports of Home Secretary Theresa May’s recent immigration speech which outlined the UK government’s intention to manage work, family and student visa applications more effectively. The government is committed to minimising abuse of the student route by those whose primary motivation is not to study but to work and settle in the UK.
Specifically, the government is concerned about the quality of some English language schools and small private colleges. We therefore anticipate their students will be much more affected by any change to student visa rules than those at leading schools like Roedean.
Ms May stated in her speech that, “There is no question that immigration has enriched Britain culturally and economically. We want to encourage all those genuine students coming here to study at our world class academic institutions.”
“I will protect our world class academic institutions above and below degree level….[taking] a more selective approach to attract the highly skilled and the talented.”
As part of this, an eight-week consultation on reducing the number of student visas issued has been launched, and a report will be published in January 2011.
We are extremely confident that there will be no government intervention that prevents talented international students coming to leading schools such as Roedean. The Independent Schools Council (ISC) is lobbying on behalf of the sector and we will continue to keep you updated.