The United Kingdom is set to announce new restrictions that will most likely stop Nigerian students and other nationalities studying in the UK from bringing their families over.
According to an exclusive report by The Sun UK, this crackdown will be announced this week.
The number of Nigerians studying in the United Kingdom (UK) has risen from 13,020 in the 2019/2020 academic session to 21,305 by the 2020/2021 session. The figure, which amounts to an almost 64 per cent increase within a year, is confirmed by data from the UK’s Higher Education Statistics Agency.
The crackdown will see all master’s students and many other post-grads banned from bringing family over.
However, the ban will not apply to PhD students, whose courses usually last between 3 and 5 years and are very highly skilled, the UK Media House reported.
This follows the reports that net migration into the UK has skyrocketed to 1 million with Tory MPs asking the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, “to get a grip on the rocketing numbers.”
To get a hold of the climbing numbers, UK ministers are said to be expected to announce the immigration clampdown on Tuesday or Wednesday.
The Sun reports that “Rishi Sunak is expected to come out fighting on immigration – pointing out they are figures he inherited as they date back to the year ending December 2022 – two months after he became PM.
“There has been an explosion in the number of people coming to Britain piggybacking on their relative’s student visa.
“Students brought 135,788 family members to Britain last year – nine times more than in 2019.
“Last year, 59,053 Nigerian students brought over 60,923 relatives.”
“We have got to get a grip,” a Tory MP told The Sun on Sunday.
Sources: THE PRECISION/PREMIUM TIMES