In an unprecedented move that could impact Nigerian students and other nationalities studying in the United Kingdom, the British government is gearing up to announce stringent restrictions on the ability to bring their families over. This anticipated crackdown, set to be revealed this week, has ignited a wave of concerns among students and their loved ones.
As per an exclusive report by The Sun UK, the forthcoming measures will primarily target masters students and several other postgraduate programs, effectively banning them from bringing their families to the UK. However, it is important to note that the restriction will not apply to Ph. D. students, known for their extensive studies lasting between 3 to 5 years, and their high level of expertise.
Punch wrote that the catalyst for these impending changes stems from the alarming rise in net migration into the UK, which has reached a staggering 1 million individuals. In response to this pressing issue, Tory MPs have urged Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to take firm action to curtail these soaring numbers. Consequently, UK ministers are expected to announce the immigration clampdown on either Tuesday or Wednesday.
The Sun's report sheds light on Rishi Sunak's determination to tackle immigration head-on, emphasizing that the statistics inherited by the Prime Minister date back to December 2022, a mere two months after assuming office. The exponential surge in individuals utilizing their relatives' student visas to gain entry into Britain has particularly caught the government's attention. Shockingly, last year alone, 135,788 family members were brought to the UK by students, an astounding nine-fold increase compared to 2019. Among them, 59,053 Nigerian students accounted for over 60,923 relatives.
The situation has sparked deep concern among members of the Conservative Party, with one Tory MP expressing the urgency to address the issue promptly. "We have got to get a grip," they emphasized to The Sun on Sunday.
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