JUST IN: UK government finally bans Nigerian students, others from bringing their family
The United Kingdom (UK) has announced restrictions barring foreign students including Nigerians from bringing family members into the country.
The Home Secretary, Suella Braverman on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, announced the ban as part of the push to reduce net migration.
The Home Secretary said all foreign students – apart from those on postgraduate research programmes – will be banned from bringing their dependents from January 2024.
The UK permits dependants to accompany their spouses or parent(s) who have a valid student visa.
Braverman had said there had been an “unexpected” spike in the number of dependents – saying the economic benfits brough by students could “not be at the expense” of the Tory promise to cut immigration.
The ban will affect all master’s students and some other post-graduates, but it will not apply to PhD students who are highly skilled and whose courses last between 3 to 5 years.
If implemented, the crackdown will affect many Nigerian students hoping to pursue their postgraduate studies in the UK, as they accounted for the highest increase in the number of dependants accompanying persons with study visas in 2022.
According to reports, students brought 135,788 family members to Britain last 2022 – nine times more than in 2019.
In 2022, 59,053 Nigerian students brought over 60,923 relatives. “We have got to get a grip.
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