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English UK warns that the changes to the UK student visa system announced by the Home Secretary Theresa May this afternoon could open a new loophole.
An official report into proposed changes to the UK student visa regime has praised the English UK Partner Agency Scheme, and recommended that it should be widely publicised among language centres which sponsor visa students.
English UK, which represents 450 accredited language centres, today welcomed a report warning the Government against making changes which could damage Britain's international education sector.
A "lively debate" is going on within Government with "robust arguments" on what decisions should be made on the future of student visas, said senior LibDem MP Simon Hughes at the launch of a new report on the subject. The report, called Pathway to prosperity: making student immigration work for universities and the economy, was produced by the Liberal think-tank CentreForum.
Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has again raised the issue of student visas in the House of Commons. A Government consultation on the visa system ended last month and Ministers are expected to announce their recommendations to Parliament in the coming weeks.
English UK will be exhibiting at Expo Belta in São Paulo with the British Council on 19 & 20 March. We will also be at the ALPHE Latin America workshop from 16 - 18 March, and will be holding a Partner Agency Briefing Seminar for agencies that have not yet applied to join the scheme.
English UK will once again be present at the IEFT spring exhibitions in Turkey from 19 - 27 March. We hope to see you there!
The English UK website has just had its busiest-ever week, with more than 11,000 visits to its pages. Traffic jumped by 17 per cent in one week alone, with particular jumps recorded in page views from China, Indonesia, Egypt and Pakistan.
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English UK has given a guarded welcome to the Government's new tourism policy. While welcoming the Coalition's commitment to developing the tourist industry and improving visitors' experience at passport control and in applying for visas, chief executive Tony Millns says the policy is at odds with its desire to cut international student numbers.
The sections likely to be of most interest to language centres are those on improving tourist visas and passport control, the intention to increase the popularity of destinations outside London, and plans to reform the way tourist boards operate.
Nine members of staff and 52 students remain unaccounted for in a language school which collapsed during the Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand. English UK has sent messages of support and condolence to the King's Education language school and English New Zealand.