Universities in UK launch ‘bring your family’ campaigns for its international students

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Universities in UK launch ‘bring your family’ campaigns for its international students
More than a quarter of all international students, or 33,240 dependents, were among the 161,000 recruits drawn to the UK last year.

Universities in the UK  is promising its international students to “bring your family” and aspiring Indian students in obtaining visas for their partners and kids. They are also promoting “graduate visas,” which allow students to remain and work in the UK for two years after receiving their degrees, as well as assistance with finding part-time employment while they are still in school. Even a “full-time employment” for a spouse might be guaranteed along with the two-year “stay”. Also students are advised to “get going and waste no time,” as the UK would soon impose limitations on dependents.

The revelations come as the government expresses worry about the nearly tripling in the number of dependant students receiving visas to enter the UK—from 44,000 to more than 116,000 in just one year. In an effort to lower net migration, which reached a post-war record high of 504,000 in the year to June, ministers are considering limits on the number of dependents let into the UK and restrictions on foreign students enrolling in “low-quality” courses.

Indian students now outnumber Chinese students

Overtaking the Chinese as the largest nationality on campus, the 161,000 Indian students who came to the UK last year—including 33,240 dependents—represented more than a quarter of all international students. The New Way Consultancy (NWC) claims to collaborate with over 70 universities, including Coventry, Ulster, Middlesex, Birkbeck, Westminster, and Greenwich, and claims to be compensated on a commission basis for each student it brings in.

Previously the limitations on graduate work visas caused the Indian student market in the UK to collapse as they would switch to Australia, which allowed post-study work for up to six years, or Canada, which allowed post-study work for up to three years. The British Council is expected to unveil a crackdown on agents with a new database of authorised companies that recruit international students next week. For students to be able to “make better educated decisions,” it was stated that training would be offered, a code of conduct would be encouraged, and high-quality agents would be “engaged”.

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