UK Home Secretary Theresa May is reportedly planning to “move towards zero net student migration” which imply sending home students who have come to Britain on student visas and making them reapply for work visas.
Within the plan, after completing their studies non-European Union graduates would be forced to leave the UK and reapply for a work visa, instead of having an option to apply for it in Britain, the Sunday Times reports.
“Making sure immigrants leave Britain at the end of their visa is as important a part of running a fair and efficient immigration system as controlling who comes here in the first place,” Sunday Times quoted a source close to the Home Secretary.
Late November, UK Prime Minister David Cameron made a public statement, saying that immigrants will have to work for four years before they get any social benefits. The measure is designed to make the country less attractive for newcomers and strengthen control over the migration process, according to the Guardian.
In April 2011 the prime minister delivered an unequivocal declaration to reduce immigration. Cameron said at the time: “I believe that will mean net migration to this country will be in the order of tens of thousands each year, not the hundreds of thousands every year that we have seen over the last decade, as stated by the BBC.