Migration Advisory Committee recommends “tweaks” to Tier 4 student visa rules

Immigration lawyers helping sponsoring universities navigate the complexities of the Points Based System naturally have an economic interest in overseas students — but then so does the rest of the nation. That is the uncompromising conclusion of the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), whose experts find that “there is no doubt that international students offer positive economic benefit” in a report released today. But the influential team of economists stops short of recommending to the government that it significantly liberalise the student and post-study visa rules. This is despite its review of the evidence finding that international students offer “clear economic benefit… widely spread around the UK”. Much of their…

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