Britain to impose new immigration restrictions due to record number of immigrants

The imposition of new immigration restrictions in Britain, which prohibits non-research foreign postgraduate students from bringing their family into the country, is causing some discussion and differing opinions.

According to official statistics, the number of visas issued to relatives of international PhD students has increased significantly in recent years, exceeding 9 times the number of visas issued in 2019. The new measures were introduced to reduce the flow of immigration into the country, Finance Minister Rishi Sunak said.

Under the new rules, partners and children of non-research graduate students cannot apply for UK residency visas until the end of the graduate student’s course. Interior Minister Swella Braverman noted that the number of visas issued to relatives of graduate students has increased significantly, and considers it necessary to limit this flow to reduce immigration.

Universities UK (UUK), which represents UK universities and looks after international PhD students, has acknowledged that the rise in visas for relatives of PhD students could be affecting local communities, putting pressure on education and healthcare systems and reducing affordable housing.

These restrictions are intended to reduce the flow of immigration, while providing economic benefits that graduate students can bring to life in Britain, according to the Home Secretary. The UUK expressed support for such measures, but also called for close collaboration with universities and monitoring of their effect.

This change in immigration policy is sparking debate about the balance between immigration control and attracting foreign talent, and its implications for academia and society at large. It is important to continue the dialogue and consider various factors in order to achieve fairness and take into account the needs of various parties.

Source: BBC news

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