Home Office sets out planned changes to immigration rules for International Students

The Home Office has published a ‘statement of intent’ setting out planned changes to immigration rules affecting international students. The changes cover study, post-study work, and maintenance requirements for students and workers.

The central proposals are:

  • interim limits on sponsorship of students to be imposed on educational establishments not passing the new inspection requirement
  • a new maximum time of 5 years to be imposed for completion of a degree level course
  • work placement for non-degree level courses to be limited to one-third of study time
  • rules for part-time and vacation working for students to remain unchanged
  • a new ‘graduate entrepreneur scheme’ to be adopted to allow post-study work opportunities for ‘entrepreneurs’.
  • maintenance requirements for PBS tier migrants will increase in line with inflation

The full statement can be found here (Home Office Website).