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Come, Study & Go plan draws flak

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Sajid Javid MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade

Business Secretary Sajid Javid annoys international students by telling them to leave the UK after they have completed their education…reports Asian Lite News . Lord Billimoria said Mr Javid’s proposals are damaging to the British economy

 

Sajid Javid MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade
Sajid Javid MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade

Britain’s most influential British-Asian politician Business Secretary Sajid Javid told BBC that the government wanted to “break the link” between international students going to British universities and deciding to settle long term in Britain.

“What we need to make sure – and we do have this – is that our immigration system allows those from abroad that want to come to Britain to study in our world-class universities, our fantastic colleges to come here,” he said.

“But we’ve also got to have a system that doesn’t allow any abuse when people are using the right to study as a way to achieve settlement in Britain. So we’ve got to break the link and make sure it’s focused on people who want to study and then, once they’ve had their studies and completed that, then they leave.”

Campaigners like Lord Billimoria , however, say Mr Javid’s proposals are damaging to the British economy.

Seamus Nevin, from the Institute of Directors, said: “Restricting talented workers from staying on in the UK would damage business and lead to a loss of important skills.

Shutting the door to highly-trained international graduates at a time when our economy needs them most would be hugely damaging for UK businesses. In the interests our education sector, our businesses, and our international standing, the Business Secretary should reconsider this proposal.” Mr Nevin’s comments are echoed by the likes of entrepreneur and inventor Sir James Dyson.

Expert believe that the new rules on non-EU students – including the deeply controversial scrapping of the Post Study Work visa in 2012 – has resulted in a dramatic decline in the number of students coming to the UK, particularly from the South Asian region.

 

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