International students penalised under new government plans

Students from certain 'high risk' countries are set to be fined should they overstay their visas

From November, a new pilot scheme could see international students from ‘high risk’ countries required to pay hundreds of pounds as a bond, returned only if they leave on time.

Although David Cameron, Prime Minister, has not signed off on the policy, some reports have placed the bond at around £3,000. Details of the exact size and extent of the policy remain unclear.

Daniel Stevens, international students’ officer at the National Students Union (NUS), says he fears that this plan risks treating international students as a 'political football'.

The number of applications to universities from outside the European Union has decreased despite larger numbers of Chinese students, who are offsetting a recent drop in Indian applications.

A spokesperson for Universities UK said that it has urged the government to consider the 'unintended consequences' on demand that such a policy change might have.

Last year the coalition removed international students’ automatic right to work in the UK for two years after graduation, as part of a series of changes to UK visa policy.

Eric Thomas, the president of Universities UK, has said these changes are deterring potentially lucrative international students from studying in the UK.

The bond will initially be trialled on students from six countries, which are likely to be India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Ghana.

Overseas students currently have to prove that they have enough to money to fund one year of tuition fees and nine months of living costs, which in London could add up to at least £30, 000.

Dominic Scott, chief executive of the UK Council for International Student Affairs, commented that it was unlikely that £3,000 would be sufficiently 'decisive' should they decide to stay on illegally.

The news comes after Mark Harper, the immigration minister, said in January that universities were entering a period of where there would be a 'lot more policy stability'.

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Student

Guru Careers: Graduate Marketing Executive / Marketing Assistant

£18 - 23k (DOE): Guru Careers: A Graduate Marketing Executive / Assistant is n...

Recruitment Genius: Graduate Trainee

£20000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This leading provider to the fa...

Ashdown Group: Graduate IT Analyst - Global ERP Implementation - London

£25000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A successful & reputable global business is l...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant

£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £45K: SThree: At SThree, we like to be differe...

Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Greece says 'No': A night of huge celebrations in Athens as voters decisively back Tsipras and his anti-austerity stance in historic referendum

Greece referendum

Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
Ten years after the 7/7 terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?

7/7 bombings anniversary

Ten years after the terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?
Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has created

Versace haute couture review

Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has ever created
No hope and no jobs, so Gaza's young risk their lives, climb the fence and run for it

No hope and no jobs in Gaza

So the young risk their lives and run for it
Fashion apps: Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers

Fashion apps

Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers
The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate