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Call for U-turn in overseas student policy

25 August 2017

Has the government been dramatically overstating the number of overseas students who remain in the UK after their studies? This is what many front papers of the national newspapers were asking today.

Minister will be facing new pressure to remove overseas students from the net migration targets after statistics showed 97.4% of students complied with their visa and left the country after they finished their studies.

Chancellor Philip Hammond and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson are both known to be in favour of removing students from targets, however the PM Theresa May is worried any move would led to accusations of ‘fiddling’.

The Home Office report found that of 181,024 expired student visas 176,000 or 97.4% had left the country on time. A separate study by the Office for National Statistic found 95% compliance with the rules.

Cobra beer founder and chartered accountant, Lord Bilimoria, stressed in one national paper that the government had “knowingly deceived” the country and has called for an inquiry.

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