The Home Office in the UK are to hold a review into the number of student visas being issued to international students. This is due to a large increase in the number of international students coming to the UK over the past few years leading to fears that the current system is not effective in detecting bogus students. Immigration Minister Damian Green has stated that improvements to the system are needed in order to ‘minimise abuse’ so that a greater number of genuine students are able to move to the country for their studies.
From March 2009 to March 2010, 313,011 student visas for non-EU nationals were granted. This is an increase of around one third when compared to the previous year.