A new law that will stop Nigerian students and others studying in the United Kingdom from bringing their family as dependents except “under specific circumstances” has been put in place in the country.
This comes as the UK government aims to bring immigration into the country, with the new rule which prompts the UK to remove the permission for international students to switch out of the student route and into work routes before their studies have been completed to prevent misuse of the visa system, Sky News reports.
The same source also revealed that “there will also be a review of the maintenance requirement for students and dependents and a crackdown on “unscrupulous” education agents “who make use of inappropriate applications to sell immigration, not education”.
This change takes effect in January 2024 to allow students starting courses in the UK time to plan to adapt to the new
Home Secretary, Suella Braverman in a written ministerial statement published on Tuesday and obtained by Sky News, said recent immigration figures had shown an “unexpected rise” in the number of dependants coming to the UK alongside international students.