Foreign students should be excluded from government plans to cut net immigration to the UK, former cabinet minister Lord Heseltine has said. The ex-deputy prime minister said non-EU students should be left out of official immigration figures to avoid the risk of damaging UK universities.
The UK’s prime minister, David Cameron, has announced changes to the UK’s immigration system which, he says, are ‘a vital part’ of his ‘long-term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain’.
James Brokenshire, the UK’s immigration minister, has announced two improvements to the UK’s visa system in China. Mr Brokenshire says that the changes should make it easier for Chinese applicants to apply for and obtain UK visas.
Nick Clegg to call for tighter controls on immigration from new EU states. The Liberal Democrats leader’s intervention means all the major parties will be competing to prove they would reduce immigration from EU.
The entrepreneur route is intended to allow migrants to set up businesses in the UK in order to create jobs and growth. However evidence from tax records shows that people on expiring student visas are transferring to entrepreneur status under the pretence of setting up a business when they are actually working in low skilled jobs.