UK Losing Out on Student Visa Applications
Student visa applications appear to be on the slide following a review of higher education by a new all-party parliamentary group (APPG).
MPs with an interest in making the application process less complicated have long warned us that other countries are becoming a more appealing option for international students and this was recently backed up by the APPG.
Following its inaugural meeting, a spokesperson for the Home Office suggested that "all types of immigration have an impact" on student visa applications. Moreover, if the UK wants to remain an education destination, then it needs to "disentangle" students from the potentially tricky application process.
India Becoming Top Choice for Aussie Students
According to the APPG, students in countries such as Australia are now choosing to study in India rather than the UK. A look at the latest statistics covering student visas from 2014 to 2015, Chinese students topped the table of academic migrants with 89,540 students coming to the UK.
India was second in the non-EU table with 18,320 students while Nigeria was third with 17,920 successful student visa applicants. For EU countries, Germany topped the most recent table with 13,675 students, closely followed by France (11,955) and the Republic of Ireland (10,905).
Can APPG Reclaim UK Market Share?
However, if the APPG’s assessment is correct then these numbers could be set to fall in the coming years. To ensure this doesn’t happen, the parliamentary body has been tasked with clearing up existing policies and creating new ones to help make the UK a more desirable place for students to visit.
Whether or not this action plan will prevent the UK from losing its footing in the student visa market remains to be seen, but it’s something worth keeping an eye on.
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