Another Home Office own goal?

I have blogged a number of times about the risk I feel that the introduction of the points based immigration system poses to the higher education sector. The risk in my opinion is that overseas students are deterred from attending UK institutions because too many obstacles are put in their way. There are an increasing number of overseas institutions offering courses taught in English and so international students have alternatives to studying in the UK. So it is disappointing that the Home Office have chosen this time to increase the fees for visas which may further deter potential students from studying in the UK. The press release from Universities UK puts it succinctly: “The increase in fees will come at the same time as a number of other changes in the UK’s immigration system and the UK Government is in serious danger of sending out a message that it does not welcome international students.”

It doesn’t look as if there is a great deal of jointed up thinking between the Home Office and DIUS…

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