Student visa route restrictions proposed

30 May 23



The U.K. Home Office plans to introduce new restrictions to student visa routes to reduce migration.

Beginning in January 2024, authorities plan to:

  • Restrict the ability of foreign national students to sponsor family members under all immigration routes except for post-graduate research routes.
  • No longer allow overseas students to switch from the student visa route into work routes until their studies have been completed.
  • Review the funds students must have to demonstrate they can support themselves and their dependents while in the United Kingdom.
  • Impose limitations on international student agents who may be supporting applications illegally.

Additional Information: U.K. authorities do not plan restrictions on graduate visa routes at this time.

BAL Analysis: The new government restrictions to student visa routes aim to cut net migration by restricting the ability for international students to bring family members on all but post-graduate research routes and banning people from using a student visa to work in the United Kingdom.

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