UKVI is trialling a digital Tier 4 visa service whereby international students in the country will no longer have to leave their passport with a visa issuing office and risk the loss of sensitive documents.
A pilot scheme for the streamlined processing of international postgraduate students' visa applications has been extended to 23 further universities around the UK, after a successful first stage at four institutions.
The UK government this week released its 'Industrial Strategy', and STEM education is a key focus. Educators have expressed a mixed reaction, calling it a "good start", but asking for continued investment and support across the sector.
New figures from the UK today will suggest that 97% of international students leave after their studies, which negates concerns about significant numbers of overstayers. Home Secretary Amber Rudd has called for a detailed study into the impact of international students.