The United Kingdom’s universities are pushing back against a new immigration policy that would prevent international students from bringing family members with them starting in 2024.
The UK International (UUK), a group representing universities across the country, issued a statement on Tuesday stating that the policy would harm the UK’s economy and requested that the government reconsider.
The policy was designed to reduce the number of immigrants coming to the UK and also prevents international students from switching from a student visa to a work visa until they have completed their studies.
UUK Director Jamie Arrowsmith emphasized the significant economic contributions made by international students and urged the government to work with the sector to limit the impact of the policy on particular groups of students and universities already facing financial pressures.
The review process must take these issues into account.
This article was updated 1 month ago