International Students Myth 3: Laws should be tighter because some students stay illegally in this country after graduating.

In the third of a five-part series on common misconceptions about international students and visa lawsNicole Froio looks at the law and international students.

Myth 3: Laws should be tighter because some students stay illegally in this country after graduating.

There are no figures that actually show how many people stay in the UK illegally after graduation. There are figures to support that bogus colleges have brought around 50,000 illegal ‘students’ who aren’t studying at all, but working illegally.

It may be that the government is targeting the wrong people. The focus of immigration laws isn’t on bogus colleges that are helping illegal immigrants in, but on the students who seek education.

One of the main points of the House of Commons debate on the subject was that there are no reliable statistics to judge whether international students are the main root of the illegal immigrants problem:

“I’ve lots of statistics but ‘in every statistic lies a human story’ and we should consider that”

– Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn

Tomorrow: does scrapping the Post Study Work visa mean there will be fewer illegal immigrants in the foreign graduates’ pool? Nicole Froio blogs at www.wordsbynicolefroio.com and tweets at @nicolefroio.

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