Home Office wants EU students crackdown, Brexit leak reveals

Sep 6, 2017 by

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Document dashes hopes of more liberal approach to overseas students after myth of widespread overstaying was demolished

The Home Office wants to introduce a crackdown on overseas students from the European Union for the first time after Brexit, the official document leaked to the Guardian on future immigration policy reveals.

Officials say it will be necessary to introduce checks on academic ability, English language skills and ensure that students have sufficient funds before they are granted a residence permit to study in Britain.

“The government welcomes and encourages EU citizens who wish to study in the UK and does not wish to restrict their access per se. However, we will need to ensure that study does not allow circumvention of any new controls on work,” says the leaked Home Office document dated August 2017.

“Therefore we may need to introduce some restrictions to ensure students are genuinely intending to study in the way that we do for non-EU students, by checking academic ability, English language skills and sufficiency of funds.”

The disclosure will dash hopes that the government was considering a more liberal approach to overseas students raised by the home secretary, Amber Rudd, last month when she announced an independent study of the contribution overseas students make to the economy and the labour market.

As the study was announced, Home Office research based on new border exit check data demolished the myth that a large proportion of overseas students stay on illegally after the end of their courses. The report showed that 97% of students left the country when their visas expired.

Source: Home Office wants EU students crackdown, Brexit leak reveals | Politics | The Guardian

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