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Occupations Review of Tier 2 Shortage

25-02-2015 by UKCISA

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has been asked by the Home Office to carry out a partial review of the Tier 2 shortage occupation list. Jobs on this list are not subject to the resident labour market test. This review considered graduate occupations in the health and digital technology sectors and lines-workers in the energy industry.
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Work Options after Study Review called by MPs

24-02-2015 by UKCISA

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration published a report of UK post study work opportunities for international students.The report looks at current difficulties that can be experienced by international students who wish to work in the UK after graduation and the impact of the closure of Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) in April 2012 on the recruitment of international students by UK institutions.
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Changes to the Secure English Language Test

24-02-2015 by UKCISA

Only IELTS and Trinity College London English language tests will be approved by the Home Office as Secure English Language Tests (SELTS) for immigration purposes from April 6, 2015.English language tests taken before April 6, 2015 from the current list of approved SELTS can be used in immigration applications until 5 November 2015. After this date, only IELTS and Trinity tests will be acceptable.
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Business Leaders Urge Government to Ease Graduate Visa Restrictions

22-02-2015 by Financial Times

A group of business leaders have warned that a future government must make it easier for foreign graduates to stay and work in Britain upon finishing their studies otherwise the country risks losing talented people to "competitor economies". Industry leaders have signed a letter to the Financial Times, urging all political parties to remove overseas students from any immigration targets.
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UKCISA: Immigration procedures after arrival will change in future

09-02-2015 by UKCISA

The UK Government is going to change the way that it issues permission for people to come to the UK from abroad for more than six months. To start with (probably at the end of February 2015) the new system will apply only to people applying from Pakistan. Soon after that it will be extended to a second group of countries, with more countries being added on 29 May 2015 and 31 July 2015.
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Immigration Fees from April 2015

03-02-2015 by UKCISA

The Home Office has published the new immigration fees it intends to charge from April 2015.
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UWS campus in Ayr. Photo: Alamy/The Telegraph

Students who fail their degrees could be offered a refund by University

29-01-2015 by The Telegraph

A rebate system for fee-paying students who fail to complete their degrees is being looked at by the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). UWS is one of Scotland's largest modern universities. Its principal, Professor Craig Mahoney, believes that publicly-funded universities need to become more commercially sensitive and act more like private industry if they are to survive in the future.
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David Willetts said attracting overseas students was ‘one of the great British successes’. Photograph: Graham Whitby-Boot/Sportsphoto Ltd/ Allstar/The Guardian

David Willets pleased as plan to send overseas students home is dropped

07-01-2015 by The Guardian

The former Conservative universities minister, David Willetts, has welcomed the news that plans put forward by the home secretary, Theresa May, to force foreign students to leave the UK after graduating, have been blocked. Willetts said that the market for foreign students is “a great British export industry”, one of the great British successes and one that brings in a lot of money to the UK.
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Theresa May and George Osborne sitting side by side at the first cabinet meeting of 2015. But, it is reported that he led the opposition to her plans for students. Photograph: Pool/REUTERS/The Guardian

Tory leadership blocks plans to send overseas students home

07-01-2015 by The Guardian

The home secretary's proposals to force overseas students to reapply for UK visas is rejected in move reportedly led by George Osborne. The Tory leadership has blocked a plan put forward by Theresa May to force overseas students to return home after they have graduated. The home secretary, Theresa May, lost a battle to revive a proposal from the Tories’ 2010 general election party manifesto.
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Theresa May hits back after criticism from Lord Dyson, for her student visa plans. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA/The Guardian

Student immigration policy defended by Theresa May

05-01-2015 by The Guardian

The home secretary, Theresa May, says that if overseas student numbers are not checked, they could hit 600,000 by 2020. This came after criticism from James Dyson. Despite criticism from Sir James Dyson that her policy is a short-term vote winner that will damage the economy in the long term, Theresa May has defended her plan to expel international students from Britain after graduation.
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