The UK government has expressed readiness to forbid Nigerian students and other nations from bringing their families with them while studying.
The policy adjustment attempts to tighten immigration laws and lessen the burden on government resources.
During the execution of the policy, all master’s students and many other post-graduates will be prohibited from inviting family members over.
The UK media outlet House, The Sun, claimed that PHD students, whose programs typically run between three and five years and need a high level of skill, will not be subject to the prohibition.
The Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, was reportedly asked by Tory MPs; Conservative Party, to “get a grip on the rocketing numbers” following reports that net migration to the UK had risen to 1 million.
UK ministers are reportedly planning to unveil the immigration crackdown on Tuesday or Wednesday in an effort to stem the tide of rising numbers.
“There has been an explosion in the number of people coming to Britain piggybacking on their relative’s student visa.
“Students brought 135,788 family members to Britain last year – nine times more than in 2019.
“Last year, 59,053 Nigerian students brought over 60,923 relatives.”
“We have got to get a grip,” a Tory MP told The Sun on Sunday.
The Sun further reports that “Rishi Sunak is expected to come out fighting on immigration, pointing out they are figures he inherited as they date back to the year ending December 2022 – two months after he became PM.
According to experts, families’ presence can boost students’ overall well-being and academic achievement by offering them the necessary emotional support.
They argue that the prohibition would deter gifted students from pursuing their studies in the UK and could negatively impact the nation’s status as a major center of higher learning around the world.
The government’s decision has created a debate on immigration laws and resource allocation.
Critics emphasize the potential harm to students’ welfare and the nation’s reputation as a desirable location for higher education while supporters, on the other hand, believe the prohibition is essential to lessening the strain on public resources.
The policy change has larger effects on international education in the UK because it impacts students from many non-EU nations in addition to those from Nigeria.