Higher Education Is In The Rudest Of Health, So Why Suggest Otherwise?

By Sir Andrew Green Chairman of Migration Watch UKConservativehome Blog,  22 November, 2014  The UK is one of the most attractive countries in the world to come to study. But if you listened only to Mark Field, the Conservative MP for the Cities of London and Westminster, you might be forgiven for being concerned about […]

24th November 2014 (Education, Visas/Work Permits)

International Students In The Uk – The Facts Of The Case

1. There is no limit to the number of genuine international students who can come to the UK to study. An unlimited number can also stay on and work so long as they can find graduate level work paying £20,000 a year. 2. Students are counted in the UK’s net migration statistics, as they are […]

31st October 2014 (Education, Visas/Work Permits)

Why The Uk Is Wide Open To International Talent.

Two news stories in particular have caught our eye this week. Here are a few concrete truths in response to a great deal of hot air and very few facts. On Tuesday the Nobel prize winning British scientist Professor John O’Keefe warned the government that its immigration policies were ‘a very very large obstacle’ to […]

Response To The Times Article ‘drop In Overseas Students Blamed On Migrant Rules’

On Friday 26 September The Times ran a story with the headline ‘Drop in overseas students blamed on migrant rules’. The report was based on claims made by the University umbrella organisation Universities UK, which is primarily concerned with maximising overseas student numbers in order to further the financial prospects of Universities. While that in […]

1st October 2014 (Education, Policy, Visas/Work Permits)

A Thoroughly Bogus Petition

On Thursday 24th July, Million+, a think tank associated with non-Russell Group Universities, announced its support for the centre right think tank ‘Bright Blue’ in its campaign to have students removed from the net migration target. Million+, whose affiliates obviously have a significant interest in high fee-paying overseas students, and Bright Blue, which appears to […]

25th July 2014 (Education)

International Students – A Guide To Visa Conditions Across The English Speaking World

In 2012 the Home Secretary announced her plans to tighten some aspects of the student visa system, mainly below graduate level. The Australian, American and Canadian governments have also recently reviewed their student regimes. This note compares the outcomes and demonstrates that the UK is internationally competitive.

The Deeply Flawed Prospectus Of Conservatives For Managed Migration

By Sir Andrew GreenChairman of Migration Watch UK Mark Field’s launch on Tuesday of a new group “Conservatives for Managed Migration” received a warm welcome from the immigration lobby and from the Labour party but it is hard to take them seriously. The group appears to have very little knowledge of the actual policy issues […]

International Students: The Case For Refining Their Visa Regime

Summary 1. The Tier 4 student visa should be divided into three visas, one for each type of study: University, Further Education, and English Language. This would allow for a better understanding of the international student sector and for greater flexibility in entry requirements that properly reflects the different risks that exist in each part […]

19th February 2014 (Education)

Press Comment On Bbc Panorama Programme On Student Visa Scandal

Commenting on the BBC Panorama programme on student visas, Alp Mehmet Vice Chairman of Migration Watch UK said: "This Panorama programme is clear evidence of abuse that must have been apparent to a fair number of people in the education sector.  This may help to explain why only about one third of the two hundred […]

11th February 2014 (Education, Visas/Work Permits)

Fraudulently Obtained Visas

There are reports in today’s newspapers of fraud on an industrial scale by which applicants for student visas are enabled to arrange for fluent English speakers to present them for the purpose of being tested on their proficiency in English.  It will be the subject of a Panorama programme on 10 February. Any applicant indulging […]

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