What can be done?
The campaign to cut immigration and stop asylum abuse
We propose the following measures:
Assess each student visa application on its merits
Interviews, which were re-introduced by the government in 2013 for 100,000 applicants per year, should be made more rigorous and expanded to every applicant in order to ensure that their intention to study, and to leave on completion of studies, is genuine.
Interviews should be conducted by officials with local knowledge so that they do not end up being little more than a formulaic box-filling exercises.
Require all students to provide documentary proof
Prospective students should also provide evidence that they have enough funds to live here and that they speak an adequate level of English, in order to obtain a student visa.
Tighten visas for student dependents
Visas for student dependents must be tightened considerablyy and post-graduate students should no longer be able to bring in family members.
Close the graduate work visa route
Currently, this route admits an unlimited number of overseas graduates into the labour market including into the lowest-paid roles, with no skill, no salary test and no need for a job offer.
This puts serious pressure on our own young people’s future employment prospects.