United Kingdom, known for its prestigious educational institutions and diverse student population, has introduced new measures to curb immigration by limiting the ability of international students to bring their families with them. According to Home Secretary Suella Braverman, this move aims to tackle what the government perceives as a misuse of the visa system and to align immigration numbers with national interests.
The report states that international students will face stricter restrictions on bringing their dependents into the country, unless they are pursuing postgraduate research programs. This policy change will impact students commencing their studies in the UK in January 2024.
According to Sky News, the ability for international students to switch from the student route to work routes before completing their studies will also be eliminated. Home Secretary Suella emphasized that the UK should prioritize its own capabilities and not become overly dependent on immigration for meeting domestic requirements.
These new measures may have far-reaching consequences for international students planning to study in the UK. The option of having family members accompany them provides emotional support and assists in building a stable life while pursuing higher education.