Rishi Sunak is considering a crackdown on foreign students bringing dependents and studying “substandard” degrees after net migration to the UK soared to a record half a million.
It is estimated that around 504,000 more people moved to the UK than left in the 12 months to June 2022, a sharp increase from 173,000 in the year to June 2021.
Downing Street pointed out that plans to bring the total down could include putting up barriers for international students’ dependents and restricting admissions to top universities.
This would be in line with proposals being considered by Home Secretary Suella Braverman, who has previously complained that foreign students are “bringing family members who can piggyback their student visas” and “frankly supporting substandard courses in under-performing institutions.”
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman insisted Mr Sunak was “fully committed” to bringing down the overall rate of immigration, adding that they were dealing with “the problem of dependent students and substandard degrees”.
This comes after more than 20 Conservative MPs are believed to have signed a letter to Mr Sunak calling for action to bring down migration numbers overall.