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changes to immigration rules "beginning to bite"

3 November 2011

Over the last six months more than 470 UK colleges have been banned from accepting non European students with some 302 colleges having had their licences cancelled it has emerged.

Tighter restrictions for student visa applicants already mean tougher English language requirements and students at public sector FE colleges are now limited to 10 hours of work per week during term time. Students at privately funded FE colleges or language schools are not permitted to work at any time during their studies.

Further changes due to take effect from April 2012 include:

  • courses offering work placements will have to have a study:work ratio of 66:33 (except at HE institutions)
  • Tier 1 Post Study Work Route will be closed (but switching to Tier 2 will be allowed in certain circumstances)

The concern for the education sector is that the tighter restrictions could mean that less international students can apply to study in the UK, and those that can apply, are deterred from doing so as result if the restrictions in the opportunities to work.

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