Worried by the large influx of migrants, the UK is poised to announce new restrictions that will prevent Nigerian students and other nationalities studying in the UK from traveling with their families.
According to The Sun UK, a crackdown will be announced this week that will prevent all undergraduates and many other graduate students from bringing their families.
“Rishi Shankar is expected to come out fighting on immigration – pointing out that it is a figure he has inherited because it is for the year ending December 2022 – before he becomes PM. Two months later.”
“The number of people coming to the UK on a relative’s student visa has exploded.
“Students brought 135,788 family members to Britain last year, nine times more than in 2019.
Last year, 59,053 Nigerian students brought over 60,923 family members.
“We need to get a grip,” a Tory MP told The Sun on Sunday.
However, the ban does not apply to PhD students, whose courses usually last between 3 and 5 years and have very high qualifications.
Nigerians accounted for the highest increase in the number of dependents accompanying students on study visas in the year ending June 2022, according to data from the Home Office last year.
“In the year ended June 2022, 486,868 Sponsored work visas were issued (both to main applicants and their dependents), 71% (202,147) more than in 2019.”
“The number of sponsored study visas granted in the year ending June 2022 is the highest on record in our time series, and the substantial increase represents both a recovery from lower numbers during the Covid-19 pandemic and a increase in the pre-pandemic period.
There were 117,965 scholarships awarded to Indian nationals in the year ending June 2022, an increase of 80,569 (+215%) compared to 2019.
Chinese nationals were the second most common nationals granted sponsored study visas in the year ending June 2022, at 115,056, down 4% from the number seen in 2019 (119,825).
“Across the top 5 other nationalities, Nigerian citizens experienced the largest relative increase in sponsored study scholarships compared to 2019, increasing by 57,545 (+686%) to a record 65,929, making them the third largest largest group of nationalities in the past year.”
According to Daily Mail, Nigeria represented 40 percent of the total number of dependants between June 2021 and June 2022, and “some 34,000 Nigerians were given study visas in the UK, bringing with them a total of 31,898 dependants”.