Reports criticize UK government's proposed student visa changes

February 23, 2011

A new analysis from the Institute for Public Policy Research says there is a real risk that proposed changes to the UK's student visa system "will impose substantial (and very real) costs on the education sector and wider economy simply to deliver reductions in migration statistics." The statement refers to plans to restrict Tier 4 student visas, which institutions worry will result in a drastic decline in the number of students coming to the UK. The report is the second in a week to criticize the proposed changes. A study from the Higher Education Policy Institute accuses elements of the UK government's visa controls of having "an ugly taste of apartheid" about them. Times Higher Education