Foreign students remain divided on UK immigration cap
It’s barely one week since the UK immigration minister Damian Green announced plans to cut visa numbers and students are keen to have their say on immigration cap.
Over on The Guardian, Yihan Goh has argued for the changes.
“It's about time something was done about a shambolic system that allows dishonest overstayers to make a mockery of the hard work we put in to earn our places at university,” he says.
At least one in every ten applications can be traced to bogus colleges, something the UK is trying to cut down on with this cap. This would point to a likely drop from the 362,000 visas that were given out in the first half of this year alone.
With immigration to UK such a desire for many people around the world, any decrease in visas assigned would not be met with smiles.
Goh’s advice to his fellow students is simple: “If you're well-qualified and deserving, and you plan to come to the UK for the right reasons, then you should – and will – have nothing to fear.”
But not everyone is breathing so philosophical.
Samantha Briggs, a student in Leicester, believes Green is lumping legitimate students with illegal ones.
“We can't find part-time work, nor do the universities support us in search of scholarships or grants that may help us with expenses,” she says. “I understand that many take advantage of the system, but it is unfair to those of us who haven't.”
One employer of foreign students, Zak Choudhury, believes that the in-depth skills needed for some areas aren’t available in the UK.
“Consequently the overseas students have more experience and are very highly motivated because of the environment they've come from,” he says. “It would be a shame if these non-native skills were not allowed into the workforce.”
Are you an international student? What do you think about the changes?