Home Office's new visa campaign threatens to cut the foreign student numbers

October 08, 2015
Concerns are on the rise about the foreign students being suffered from the unjustified and harsh refusals by the officials of the Home Office, after their acceptance of admissions by the universities in the UK. It emerges that the department is looking for more tightening of the visa with some new measures.

Around 25,000 interviews have been conducted so far on the potential non-EU students in previous two years, refusing 9% of visa applications on the average over a period of time that emerged in the government figures.

Home Office's new campaign for visas threatens to slash foreign student numbers

The Council for International Student Affairs at the UK (UKCISA), whose membership contains all the universities of the UK, said that they had received a boost in the reports of refusal of visas on credibility grounds.

A report which was sent to the Home Office, UKCISA refer to the reports from the universities that list the reason of refusal given to the students after interviews given by the officials of the department.

Several sources have suggested that the Home Office is looking out at the plans to decrease the visa refusal rate which is permitted if the institutions want to be the sponsors under the system for Tier 4 for the foreign students, from 10% to 5% of total applications.

If the refusal rate of the institutions goes up above the level of permission, for admitting the foreign students they will be at the risk of losing their license. The government decreased the permitted rate of refusal from 20% to 10% previous year.

Home Office convened a meeting last week with the representatives of the sector at the Universities UK (UUK) where it campaigned the opinion on the plans to increase the minimum level of English language required for the students to get the visa.

The figures of credibility interviews are conducted via video link by the UK immigration and visa officials in Britain was emerged in respond to the written question from the parliament.

The documents of UKCISA contains all the reports about the credibility refusals from the officials for the students at total number of 16 institutions, out of which 15 are universities on the anonymised basis.

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