Yesterday we reported that the UK Border Agency has stopped accepting student visa applications in North India, Nepal and Bangladesh.
The announcement follows the publication of several stories in the national press about student visa abuses.
A BBC reporter spoke to destitute Indian students receiving free meals at the Sikh Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Southall. The students paid agents thousands of pounds to get to the UK and were assured they’d find jobs to pay for their food and accommodation while they study.
Under UK immigration rules, international students can work up to 20 hours per week. But many speak little English and have next to no knowledge of British work culture, so find it hard to find employment.
Now many face “financial ruin” according to the BBC.
One 19-year-old female student explained she came to Britain two months ago but now she’s penniless and homeless. “There were four of us in one room, every girl was paying £150 a month in rent. We lived there for two months and then ran out of money.”
BBC Asian Network say the main factor motivating students to come to the UK is money. And immigration lawyer Harjap Singh Bhangal believes “the large majority of them are not genuine students, especially from Punjab. They’ve come here to work in the guise of student visas.”
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