BOOTED OUT: Foreign students could be forced out of UK as soon as they graduate
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS in the UK will be banned from working while they are studying, and will be forced to leave the country as soon as their degree finishes in an attempt to crack down on visa fraud, the Home Office has said.
The reforms, which will be introduced in parliament this week, will prevent students from applying for work visas unless they leave the country first, and will no longer allow non-EU students to work for up to 10 hours a week, reported The Huffington Post.
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.
"Our reforms — which include introducing English language testing, removing sponsorship rights from hundreds of bogus colleges, and restricting students' access to the jobs market — are all of our plan to control immigration for the benefit of Britain."
Brokenshire added the changes would "stop immigration cheats abusing publicly-funded colleges".
Since the Conservatives came into power in 2010 around 870 bogus colleges have had their sponsorship licences removed, according to the Post.