The United Kingdom has enacted a new regulation that prohibits Nigerian students and those studying in the nation from bringing their families as dependents unless “under specific circumstances.”
This comes as the UK government seeks to reduce immigration into the country, which currently stands at roughly one million people, according to Sky News.
To avoid visa system abuse, the UK will limit the ability for overseas students to switch out of the student path and into the work route before their studies are done under the new rule.
According to Sky News, “there will also be a reassessment of the maintenance requirement for students and dependents, as well as a crackdown on “unscrupulous” education agents “who use unsuitable applications to sell immigration, not education.”
This adjustment goes into effect in January 2024 to give students starting courses in the UK time to plan for the transition.
Home Secretary Suella Braverman stated in a written ministerial statement acquired by Sky News on Tuesday that recent immigration numbers showed a “unexpected rise” in the number of dependants arriving to the UK with overseas students.
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