Overseas students ‘undermining’ UK higher education, warns Cleverly

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Home secretary calls for visa review over concern that courses are being used as shortcut to gain work permits

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The home secretary, James Cleverly, has said international students may be “undermining the integrity and quality of the UK higher education system” by using university courses as a cheap way of getting work visas.

In a letter to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), Cleverly asked the body to investigate whether the graduate visa entitlement – allowing international students to work for two or three years after graduating – was failing to attract “the brightest and the best” to the UK.

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