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Rishi Sunak called ‘evil’ for boasting about new changes to international student visa rules

‘First day of the year gleefully announcing splitting up families is crazy to me’


So, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has decided to kick off 2024 by boasting about “delivering” for the British people by effectively splitting up families of international students and people are rightfully livid about it.

This week, a new change to international student visa rules means that international students living in the UK will no longer be allowed to bring their family members to the UK.

Last year, 136,000 visas were issued to the dependants of foreign students – up from 16,000 in 2019. Government ministers say the policy will see around 140,000 fewer people come to the UK each year.

In a tweet on New Year’s Day, Rishi Sunak said: “From today, the majority of foreign university students cannot bring family members to the UK. In 2024, we’re already delivering for the British people.” The policy is part of Sunak’s plan to cut down the number of immigrants coming to Britain.

But international students, who contribute their huge fees and skills to this country are not the problem, and splitting up families is not something we should be bragging about.

International students boost the UK economy by £41.9 billion each year

On average, fees from international students generate over £41 billion for the UK economy every year, not to mention how international student fees make up the majority of the income of each UK university.

This means that by prohibiting international students from bringing their families to the UK while they study, the government is also reducing the number of international students who decide to study in the UK in the first place.

But all this achieves is just international students choosing to give their tuition fees elsewhere and in turn, crippling UK universities.

The £40 billion international students contribute is over 40 times the value of the UK fishing industry, nearly three times the value of the UK car industry, and 20 times the value of the UK steel industry. To completely lose this would be the end of universities as we know them.