University groups are giving warnings that the tougher visa rules which are under consideration by Home Office, will cut the number of foreign students by 15%.
The proposals might also include the tougher requirement for English language for the students.
UK Council for International Student Affairs head, Dominic Scott told that it will be nail in the coffin for recruiting the foreign students. There is no limit on the number of genuine students, the Home Office argued.
Universities are already lobbying the ministers for removing the foreign students from the migration targets. Universities are also arguing that the foreign students
are much important to the economy of the UK and thus increasing more barriers would send a negative message in the competitive global market.
Universities in the UK say that the foreign students are worth 7 billion pounds to the UK every year.
Foreign students Advisory body head, Mr. Scott has described the revised new language requirements as pretty extreme.
He also warned that if this is implemented, it would put a massive damage affect on the universities who wants to recruit the foreign students, and that it would prevent about 15% of current intake from the gaining visas.
Many universities has seen this proposal as the major concern and will be asking for the evidence that there was any problem with the students who are having poor language skills. Mr. Scott said.
The tough language rules can make difficult in recruiting students for pre degree courses, science and maths subjects, where students may have advanced skills but weak English language skills. He said.
Home Office move was followed after the Prime Minister David Cameron’s speech in May on controlling the immigration.
The university groups have been campaigning for the foreign students not to become part of the drive in reducing the migration numbers.
In a recent report it was revealed that around extra 80,000 potential jobs were lost due to the current regulations on the foreign students. It also said that for every foreign student in the UK, 0.6% of a job was created which was driven by the fees spending, travel, accommodation and entertainment.