This morning, Conservative spokeswoman for young people Liz Smith and Liberal Democrat education spokesman Liam McArthur raised their concerns about the UK Government’s immigration policies. In particular the politicians warned the Government about the impact of some immigration policies on overseas students coming to Scotland. As reported by us previously the decline of international students coming to the UK has been attributed to tough immigration laws and it seems that the much talked about Immigration Act 2014 will intend to make it more difficult for migrants to live and work in the UK after they have studied their course.
Theresa May told to pay attention to Universities concerns
Mr McArthur stated that along with the Business Secretary Vince Cable, he had spoken out against the inclusion of students in the UK Governments net migration target. At the beginning of this month we reported that during the House of Lords debate it was suggested that net migration statistics can be broken down in categories; students can be clearly distinguished from these statistics. Therefore, if the government wanted to, they could remove students from net migration statistics.
As such, Liz Smith said that she had raised the issues with the Home Secretary Theresa May and the universities minister David Willets and said that she hoped:
“that net migration statistics can be broken down in categories; students can be clearly distinguished from these statistics. Therefore, if the government wanted to, they could remove students from net migration statistics.”
Concerns of Lack of Transparency in Visa Refusals
Liz Smith stated that universities were “absolutely right to be concerned about the lack of flexibility within the timescales for the award of visas and just as importantly the lack of transparency when it comes to visa refusals”.
She also added, “it is these two issues that have been so central to the concerns of many of the universities of Scotland since they leave doubt in the mind of students and staff about post study work arrangement and they can hinder future planning and investment.”
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