Official figures have suggested that a number of foreign students, from outside the European Union could be staying in the UK illegally, after they have completed the academic studies.
Over recent years, the number of student visas issued, and the number of student entries into the UK has been reduced, as the government look to reach a target, set four years ago, to reduce net migration – with official figures revealing that 177,000 people moved to the UK for long-term study last year, compared to 246,000 in 2011.
However, despite the reduction in the number of student visas being granted, it has been reported that there is evidence that there are a number of non-European Union students who have remained in the UK, despite their student visas expiring.
According to the latest figures, last year 50,000 people on student visas from outside the European Union left the UK, despite 145,000 in 2012, 185,000 in 2011 and 186,000 in 2010 entering the UK to study.
Whilst the latest figures have revealed that there is evidence that a number of individuals on student visas have remained in the UK after their visas expiring, for those who are facing difficulties with their student visas; our immigration solicitors in London may be able to assist.
Our solicitors have been leading specialists in all areas of Immigration law for over 20 years, and have a large team of accredited and highly experienced immigration lawyers who are able to assist in a range of student visa matters – whilst we also have extensive experience of appearing at immigration tribunals, ensuring the best outcome for our clients.
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