Top officials of British universities said that genuine Indian and other international students continued to be welcome to study here, asserting that there was nothing in the recent changes to the student visa regime that prevented them from coming to the UK.
Universities UK, the organisation that represents all higher education institutions, held a special briefing to allay the perception in various countries that Britain had clamped down on students and that they were no longer welcome here.
Recent changes to the student visa regime to prevent abuse — including the closure of post-study work visa in April — have reportedly led to lesser number of student applications from India for the academic year starting September-October in some UK universities.
Jo Attwooll, a senior official at Universities UK: “We want to make it absolutely clear that there is no cap on international students; that they continue to be welcome; and that some post-study work options continue to be available under Tier 2 of the points-based system.”
She added: “There have been increases in the fees for British and EU students, but there has been no increase for international students.”
There have been several representations to Prime Minister David Cameron to review the new restrictions on student visas by industry and education leaders, besides Universities UK and the British Council. (The Economic Times)