UK Student Visa : International Students Cannot bring family to UK, New Immigration Rule Announced.
United Kingdom has published new guidelines for overseas students' immigration. International students enrolling in non-research postgraduate studies would not be permitted to bring their families or any dependents with them to the country, according to a statement issued by the UK Home Office. The UK Prime Minister has been leading the charge against the nation's immigration issue. In addition to Sunak, the Home Secretary has declared that only students engaged in postgraduate programmes designated as research degrees would be permitted to bring their family members, including parents and children, as dependents. According to the notes provided by the UK Home Secretary, "this package includes removing the right for international students to bring dependents unless they are on postgraduate courses currently designated as research programmes."
Foreign students enrolled in non-research postgraduate studies in the UK will not be permitted to bring any family members with them under the new immigration restrictions. As additional measures to reduce immigration from abroad, the UK government also intends to eliminate the option for international students to transition from the student to the employment path before finishing their studies and evaluate the maintenance requirements for students and dependents.
UK changes could disproportionately affect women
The official declaration of changes has not yet been published, thus it is not yet possible to know all the specifics of the planned policy change, which will take effect in January 2024. While the vast majority of students will not be impacted by proposals that limit the ability to be accompanied by dependents, more information is required on the programmes that are in scope before a proper assessment of the impact can be made, according to Jamie Arrowsmith, director of Universities UK International in response to the announcement, highlighting the concerns. We are aware that modifications will probably affect women and students from particular nations disproportionately.
On social media, Nick Hillman, the director of the think tank Higher Education Policy Institute, expressed his concerns as well. He claimed to have seen unpublished data that suggested as many as 69% of students who bring dependents to the UK are female. There is a gender dimension to the recent news regarding international students that is likely to go unnoticed, Hillman said in a tweet. Women make up a sizable portion of the overseas students who bring dependents to the UK. The PIE News has reported on the rise in applications for dependent visas related to the student route visa over the past year, with Nigeria recognised as the main source market for family-oriented applications.
UK’s visa ban: 7 countries that allow foreign students to bring families.
In light of the new visa limitation preventing foreign students, especially those from Nigeria, from entering the UK with their families, it is now possible to compare these policies with those of other nations. In an effort to draw in a large, youthful, and energetic work force that will help them expand and build their economies, the majority of the European countries have been revisiting their visa and immigration rules and providing flexible immigration options. "Due to an ageing population, Europe as a whole has a population problem. This restriction will help other nations that are looking for talented employees, according to UK-based immigration analyst Toyyib Adelodun. He claimed that most European countries have affordable tuition costs, and that the only issue is the lack of proficiency in the local tongue.
Here are seven countries that allows international students to bring their families.
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