NUS responds to reports PM will backtrack on Graduate Route visas

NUS responds to reports PM will backtrack on Graduate Route visas

Responding to reports that the Prime Minister will tomorrow backtrack on plans to restrict or scrap the graduate route visa, NUS Vice President Higher Education, Chloe Field, said: 

“We are pleased that the Prime Minister has seen sense on the Graduate Route visa following intense pressure from students, academic, universities and even his own ministers. 

“Scrapping the Graduate Route visa to meet ideologically driven immigration targets would have been self-destructive. Making it harder for international students to access education in the UK would have only taken further funding out of our already chronically underfunded universities, as well as depriving students of opportunities for cross border idea sharing and friendship building. 

“This is a big win for the student movement, of which international students are an integral part. International students and graduates bring so much to our campuses, workplaces and society, and NUS will continue to campaign for better conditions. 

“International students are amongst the student groups most likely to face poverty amidst the cost-of-living crisis, but they are not entitled to maintenance support. Instead of targeting them as part of its drive to please the Tory right on immigration, the government should be acting to break the cycle of hardship international students face.”  

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