Over a third of international students in the UK would not recommend it as a study destination to family and friends thanks to the scarcity of available employment and work experience opportunities available, a new survey from the NUS and TEN has revealed.
UK Home Secretary, Theresa May, delivered a pre-Christmas body blow to the sector, unveiling plans to force all non-EU graduates to return home even if they intend to stay and work in the country. Institutions could also be expected to monitor post-study departure of their students.
International educators have expressed concern that the new visa threshold of 10% could disproportionately impact small colleges and that institutions might end up paying the price for refusals that are mistakes or subjective decisions made by the immigration authorities.
Universities and colleges in the UK may lose their ability to recruit international students if more than 10% of the international students they recruit are refused visas, the Home Office has announced, as it continues its crackdown on immigration and visa abuse. A discretionary approach will be applied to those schools enrolling 50 or fewer students.
UK immigration rule changes were announced last week by new Immigration Minister, James Brokenshire, which include the rubberstamping of a 12-month internship scheme for Chinese students in the UK at the top 211 universities. Nationals from UAE, Oman and Qatar are now also deemed low-risk.
Educators in Canada have voiced opposition to tough new regulations prohibiting them from offering visa advice to international students. Only registered consultants registered will be allowed to give advice related to visa issues, with penalties reaching $100,000 or two years' imprisonment.
A video encouraging Indian students to study in the UK was launched last week. The video was the result of a collaboration between UK universities, the British Council in Delhi and the UK Home Office, and explains the visa application process by following two student applicants through the process.