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Home secretary James Cleverly ends ‘unreasonable practice’ of foreign students bringing families to UK

Home secretary James Cleverly ends ‘unreasonable practice’ of foreign students bringing families to UK

Home secretary James Cleverly has said the government is ending the “unreasonable practice” of foreign students bringing family members to the UK, as new visa curbs come into force. The ban – which affects all overseas students except those on postgraduate courses and certain scholarships – will slash migration by tens of thousands, Mr Cleverly claimed. The move was announced in May by his now sacked predecessor Suella Braverman, just as official figures showed net migration running at 672,000. Later figures showed it had hit a record high of 745,000, sparking outrage from right-wing Tory MPs, who demanded fresh action from Rishi Sunak’s government. Experts have warned that the restrictions on dependents joining overseas students in the UK could affect universities, which rely on the income generated via the fees paid by foreign students, and could harm the UK’s reputation as an international destination. As of Monday, international students starting courses in Britain will no longer be allowed to obtain visas for their spouses and relatives unless they are on a postgraduate research programme or …