The UK government says people coming to the country to study will not be able to bring their families with them as dependents.
London says the move is aimed at stemming the flow of people who go back to their relatives who are studying for visas to enter the UK.
According to Sky News, the new law, which will take effect from January, has been enacted to provide immigrants with much-needed legal support.
The law will prevent Nigerian students and others studying in the UK from bringing dependents except “in certain circumstances” as Downing Street 10 aims to rein in immigration to the country, which is down by around one million.
Under the new rule, the UK will remove permission for international students to leave the student route and switch to study routes before they complete their studies to prevent abuse of the visa system.
Sky News also added that “there will also be a review of student and dependent support obligations and a crackdown on ‘unscrupulous’ education agents “who use improper applications to sell immigration, not education.”
These changes will come into force in January 2024 to allow students starting courses in the UK to plan to adapt to the new subjects.
In a written ministerial statement released on Tuesday and obtained by Sky News, Home Secretary Suella Braverman said recent immigration figures showed an “unexpected increase” in the number of dependents coming to the UK alongside international students.