London: The UK government intends to tighten student visa rules from November which will make it more difficult for students to go to Britain for higher education. This is a measure taken according to the Immigration Act, which was imposed recently.
The rules will be tougher from November on universities and colleges who sponsor international students to study in the UK.
At present, the educational institutions enjoy Highly Trusted Sponsor status if the Home Office rejects 20% or fewer student applications as being invalid.
But that figure will be cut to 10% in November after a three-month grace period for colleges and universities to re-examine and improve their admissions procedures.
If more than one in 10 applications are being rejected from November onwards, educational institutions could lose their right to bring in new students from overseas. The change will ensure all institutions are playing their part in administering immigration rules to enjoy the benefits of bringing in foreign students.
The numbers of students to all universities coming to the UK from India fell by 38% between 2011 and 2012. It is estimated that the overall value of UK higher education exports to the economy in 2011-12 was around £10 billion.
London is home to over 105,000 international students from 220 nations.
The LUIP Alumni Survey found that 24% and 19% of students in UK hailed from Mumbai and Delhi (NCR), respectively.
The Vice chancellor of Britain's premiere Cambridge University recently warned that Britain's stance on migration is increasingly making Indian students feel unwelcome.