Home Office confirms move to crack down on visa fraud

International students in the UK will be banned from working while they are studying and will be forced to leave when their degree finishes in an attempt to crack down on visa fraud, the Home Office has confirmed, writes Lucy Sherriff for Huffington Post.

The reforms, to be introduced in parliament this month, will prevent students from applying for work visas unless they leave the country first, and will no longer allow non-EU students to work up to 10 hours a week. Further education visas will also be cut from three years down to two and students will be prevented from extending their studies in the UK unless they are registered at an institution with a “formal link to a university”.

Immigration Minister James Brokenshire said the changes will “further protect the UK’s reputation for educational excellence”. “Immigration offenders want to sell illegal access to the UK jobs market – and there are plenty of people willing to buy,” he said in a statement. “Hard-working taxpayers who are helping to pay for publicly funded colleges expect them to be providing top-class education, not a back door to a British work visa.”
Full report on the Huffington Post site