Responding to the Home Office’s latest changes to international student via routes, Vanessa Wilson, CEO of University Alliance, said:
“The UK’s universities are world-leading, with recent analysis revealing that international students boost our economy by £41.9 billion.
It is therefore extremely disappointing to see changes to the Student Route – a highly compliant visa route that has widespread public support. The UK’s economy benefits enormously from international students, even when accounting for those that bring family members with them.
As our global competitors raise their ambitions, the UK cannot afford to be complacent. The uncertainty created by these changes to the Student Route is a needless gift to our international rivals, most of whom do not count international students in their migration figures.”