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Are You Currently a Foreign Student in the UK? New Law States You Will be Banned from Working & Forced to Leave Country When School Ends




UK immigration laws just got stricter.

According to Daily Mail, foreign students are to be banned from working while studying in Britain. Also, when their courses end, they will have to leave the country before reapplying to return for a job.

The directive was given by Home Secretary, Theresa May.

So far, ministers are speaking in favour of the the new rules, which will apply to all those from outside the European Union, will stop colleges being used as a ‘back door to a British work visa’.

They are also advocating the law because they want to stop student visas being used as an easy way to enter the UK before getting a job and claiming benefits.

The report further states:

Under the new rules, non-EU students will be denied the right to work while in the UK and will not be able to apply for a visa extension when their course finishes.

Students will have to leave the country before applying to return under a work visa.

The length of stay is also expected to be cut to two years when the plans are unveiled this week.

Immigration Minister James Brokenshire said it was ‘part of our plan to control immigration for the benefit of Britain’.

Immigration offenders want to sell illegal access to the UK jobs market and there are plenty of people willing to buy.

‘Hard-working taxpayers who are helping to pay for publicly funded colleges expect them to be providing topclass education, not a back door to a British work visa.’

Business Secretary Sajid Javid signalled on Friday that the govermment would stop the education system being abused by immigrants.

He said: ‘What we need to make sure – and we do have this – is that our immigration system allows those from abroad that want to come to Britain to study in our world-class universities, our fantastic colleges to come here,’ he told the Today programme.

‘But we’ve also got to have a system that doesn’t allow any abuse when people are using the right to study as a way to achieve settlement in Britain.

‘So we’ve got to break the link and make sure it’s focused on people who want to study and then, once they’ve had their studies and completed that, then they leave.’

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  1. Ginika

    July 13, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    We know what they mean is Africans; but this will help speed up the African renaissance. One day, we’ll also tighten our immigration laws on the continent with regards to Europeans trooping onto the African continent. While we learn your ways, trade secrets, while we build onto that knowledge, we will rise from our woes and troubles to stand on our feet.


    • Naira

      July 13, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      African renaissance my foot! African countries will always open their doors to the west. Western culture/way of life is very present in the ways Africans conduct themselves. You will certainly not close the door to your slave masters in the future.

      When Africans learn to work together, deal with their corruption issues, tribalism, xenophobia, the rampant bleaching of skin epidemic that’s going on the continent then come and talk to me.

    • zibaintl

      July 13, 2015 at 8:03 pm

      take a chill pill……do not force your pessimistic opinion about africa on oda people ….dere was certainly no need for your second statement since u have aldry said african will always open doors to d west…I do not know what continent you hail from and dont care to know….but as long as people like ME and GINIKA exist in d continent of africa, Africa will rise one day and we will close our doors to the west…pen down todays date for reference…..

    • Sst

      July 14, 2015 at 9:41 pm

      God bless u for that pices of good word

    • ola

      July 13, 2015 at 7:35 pm

      with this current leaders wey una get?if there own past leaders were like ours they wont be where they are today.

  2. nene

    July 13, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    ghen then. nigerians will still find a way around at the end of the day.

    • Jhennique

      July 14, 2015 at 10:21 am

      find a way where?

  3. Teekay

    July 13, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Well they just want to frustrate us from coming to their country…. This is just a call for us to improve our country

    • Sunshine

      July 13, 2015 at 6:16 pm

      Spot on , you are absolutely right. So, fellow Nigerians, whats the way forward, cuz there is no place like home??

    • chikka

      July 14, 2015 at 10:29 am

      Only way forward is unity, solidarity and complete involvement of every one in both primary and secondary election. Join a party, vote in all tiers and Stop allowing them to primarily elect wolf in sheep clothing and then tell us its gmb vs gej.

  4. AB

    July 13, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Whatever…I wonder why people still come to this UK to study tho! There are other places with equally good educational system, explore them Canada, Sweden, Switzerland etc…so UKBA can take several seats biko!

    • Iris

      July 14, 2015 at 12:37 am

      Lol I won’t be surprised if Canada is close behind with something like this. They have already initiated first class and second class citizenship (that’s what they are called o. I didn’t make the names up). If you were born outside Canada or possess dual citizenship or are ELIGIBLE for dual citizenship, you are second class and can be stripped of your citizenship and a judge is not required to preside over this ruling. They say it only applies to those who pose a security threat but that list can be expanded. In other words, only white Canadians born in Canada are first class citizens. It will soon be time for ‘To your tents O Israel’ for economic development yet Nigeria is still here forming in the fullness of time.

    • UrAnon

      July 14, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      Well are you aware Nigeria has the same system? . You can be stripped of citizenship except if your ancestors i.e mum , dad grandparents were also Nigerian

    • Susan

      July 14, 2015 at 8:51 pm

      Oh, please. Good education in Canada indeed,
      The only reason why people run to Canada is, it’s cheaper schooling in Canada as opposed to the UK and U.S., plus getting PR and citizenship is ridiculously easy, as they’re underpopulated. Many students will school in Canada, graduate, remain and do anything to get PR or citizenship, even if it takes them 10 years, and even if they have rickety jobs and mushroom careers. I know very well cause I went to Schulich School of Business @ York.
      Oh, by the way, there’s now 2nd class citizenship in Canada. ☺️?

  5. Lea

    July 13, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    This is unfair to those who have actually finished studying and have found a job. The stress it will be going back to Nigeria applying for work visa again. What if you don’t get it? I know some people will say why must you work abroad. My question is why not? Why can’t I have the experience of working elsewhere than Nigeria. Yet again this could be a blessing in disguise for Nigeria. The skills learned could be used to move Nigeria forward.

    • Blah blah

      July 13, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      It doesn’t say it’s taking place immediately. When the post study work visa was banned April 2015. People who graduated between the time the ban was announced and April 30 actually applied and many got it. So chill. You will be alright.

    • molarah

      July 13, 2015 at 8:14 pm

      UK is not the only ‘abroad’ you can work in and get valuable experience. Its time for us to start thinking outside the box.

  6. tee

    July 13, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    oya quick find one britico girl to marry..after five years when paper comot leave her ass with her two children and remember how you actually did not really like her she forced you to marry her… yeah im speaking from experience

    • Concerned

      July 13, 2015 at 7:15 pm

      I know what you mean. The guys find it’s easier to profess love to one britico girl faster. Once paper come out. You will not see him again. I have plenty females friends it happened to; one with 4 kids, 2kids, 1 and plenty didn’t have kids. It’s sad oo

    • damseldami1

      July 13, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      oh yes it has happened to me ….. now in that situation .. well i know it is well …

    • molarah

      July 13, 2015 at 8:17 pm

      Una try o. “Leave her with your two children” also? And end up with kids all over the globe that don’t know their daddies, when they attempt to marry one another you’ll start prayer sessions against village people.

      The fact that it is becoming a common practice does not make it right.

    • OAT

      July 13, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      Not easy to get to marry them again o. They now know what u ppl do.

    • Abisola

      July 14, 2015 at 5:04 am

      So you abandoned your two children??! Clap for yourself!!

    • Smh

      July 14, 2015 at 11:41 am

      Then you ppl cry when they hate Nigerians. it’s bcoz of your criminal ways.

  7. Sunshine

    July 13, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Translation, go home and develop your country . We like to spend your school fees and shopping money to develop our country.

  8. kristen

    July 13, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    i really dont know how i will survive without working here….i seriously regret not taking up studying in canada. the anti-immigration propaganda in this UK is getting ridiculous. there are a whole lot of other countries with saner immigration rules.

    • Susan

      July 14, 2015 at 8:54 pm

      Canada is no different, only cheaper.

  9. Yrimu

    July 13, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    These UK people are just daft. The problem is not Africans, Asians or South Americans. The problem is all the EU citizens.

    International students tuition fee is high and they pay this. EU students can take a loan and not pay back, they can also claim benefits. Granted some international students abuse the system but it is minimal compared to what the Romanians etc are collecting.

    • adelegirl

      July 14, 2015 at 12:51 pm

      Completely spot on. But they can’t “punish” the European immigrants cos of EU treaty so they make non-EU the scapegoats, in a bid to pander to the whining of the UK people,most of whom will not even do the menial jobs most of these students take on anyway. These people will work for a week, decide they hate the job, quit and start collecting JSA. Meanwhile, these non-EU students who can only work 20hours a day except in the summer will take on these jobs, may pay tax and are not eligible for benefits, though they contribute to the UK’s tax. I have a feeling the universities will start lobbying against this because they will lose a lot of international students who will start going to foreign universities in somewhat friendlier climes like Canada and US.

  10. A Real Nigerian

    July 13, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Wonderful news!

  11. sass

    July 13, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Nothing wrong in making people go home after they complete their studies, however saying they cannot work while they study is evil.
    I cannot emphasise how the money I made when I was doing my undergrad went a long way since I only had my mum to support me financially.
    This is a clarion call to all Nigerians to help fix the mess in our system so we can stick 2 fingers to the west, they are absolutely yaking the piss.

  12. iseemaths

    July 13, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Kia kia kia…. Laugh in swahili

  13. TK

    July 13, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    It’ not just Africans, it’s Asians and so many other people. Geez, the amount of people that go to the UK with the mindset that they will never go back to Ng is too much. Foreigners are taking all their jobs and the brits have nothing. Foreigners would call them racist for giving their own jobs. I so much love the new law, Canada would develop their country and pass the same law.

    • Lola

      July 13, 2015 at 9:43 pm

      I wasn’t going to talk, but how can you say the Brits have nothing? They are bunch of lazy people who work for minimal hours and sit the rest at home because the govt will pay the rest of their expenses. Employers take foreigners especially Africans because they are smart, intelligent and hard working. And I am talking from experience….nonetheless, there is no place like home. Nigeria may be 50 shades of bad, buts its my Nigeria.

      And if you have a good job in Nigeria please don’t leave for any school abroad except it by study leave or do online. Even if you get a job abroad you will be a second class citizen.

    • Bolu

      July 13, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      @TK …foreigners are taking their job”. Do the foreigners rob the job? If they apply and get the job, how does that translate to ” taking their job”? No dey yarn dust abeg.

    • EnigmB

      July 14, 2015 at 12:08 am

      Canada can’t do that. The Canadian govt opens a large entry pool every year. I study in Canada and I have been working for the past 3yrs. After graduation, get a good job and work for at least 6mnths to 1yr, apply for provincial nominee program or federal skilled labour entry. Your PR will be granted.

    • Exq

      July 14, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      Canada is no better. They do that cause they’re underpopulated. They treat foreigners like shit. If you like have the passport, they still refer to you as an immigrant and second class citizen. My Aunt and Hubby have been in Canada since 2001/2002 and are citizens. One time her hubby was told, despite being a citizen, at a job interview, that the only reason he wasn’t getting the job, despite the fact he was qualified, was because he wasn’t a native Canadian. Same thing happened to my friend’s Dad. The international students in Canada that are done with their studies and have remained, asked them their main motivation of staying; majority of them if sincere = PR and Passports. It’s ridiculous that Nigerians will do anything for passports. You finally get that, then what? It’s not an automatic way of putting food in your mouth or money in your pocket.

    • anonymous

      July 14, 2015 at 1:09 am

      which canada?????? pls say something better. After spending so much? God won’t let that law touch us here.

  14. Drknite

    July 13, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    BN readers, please write your congressmen/senators and beseech them to call on England not to pass this bill. I saw the cutest Nigerian girl in Watford today and will be unable to pursuit her if I’m deported. Help your fellow countryman please.

    • Anon

      July 13, 2015 at 11:05 pm

      @Drknite how far? Since you’re gonna get deported why not pass me her details. I’m “Bri-ish”, work and live in Watford so I could even wife her and make her legal….lol

    • jummai

      July 14, 2015 at 11:04 am

      Help your self man.

  15. molarah

    July 13, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    ‘Hard-working taxpayers who are helping to pay for publicly funded colleges expect them to be providing topclass education, not a back door to a British work visa.’

    Chei, chei, chei!! So all those ‘thousands of pounds’ they charge as tuition for international students don’t count as funding for their universities abi? We don suffer!

    And after this, some “money-miss-roads” will still be hustling to get their kids into UK universities. Berra goan find schools in other countries that are appreciative of your hard-earned cash.

    • Iris

      July 14, 2015 at 12:43 am

      As in ! I saw this and my blood boiled. This is why some broke ass idiot will open their mouth with zero education to tell you you are stealing their job and abusing the system. Their government tells them their tax money funds education. What about the 8 billion pounds a year of international tuition? Who funds that one? Gertrude from Croyden innit? *hiss*This works perfectly for them – take the tuition, use it to fund their country and its citizens who have no education and no job but believe they have rights to free NHS and housing services. After that, tell the citizens who are financially supported by international students that it is the other way round.

  16. KJ

    July 13, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    This is just a rule. People should not get upset over British rule makers deciding they don”t want you in their country. I go to school in the U.K. and have learned the hard way that they just wanted my tuition. I have never been so rudely mistreated in my entire life just to get an education. For individuals who are upset about the ruling I would take this as more motivation to try getting admission into much better countries. If I could undo things, I would never ever have enrolled in a British university.

  17. nunulicious

    July 13, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    come back home all my naija people. come home and develop your country.
    but knowing you all, you’ll find yourselves in Australia and West-Indies lol.

    • Bae

      July 15, 2015 at 3:56 pm

      They’d better returned home and sort themselves out o. Sad thing is most people end up not getting jobs after all that. All the best anyway…
      Yeah, we need to stop running away from home in search for greener pasture. We can all work together to make things right in Naija. There’s hope and no place like home.

  18. June

    July 13, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    I am personally indifferent . It maybe just what we need. I can understand the need to gain work experience abroad or even want to work permanently in another country but the rate at which this is the norm for majority of students from our part of the world is alarming. These new systems and laws should motivate us as a nation to make OUR systems improve and work for us. What stops us from having education standards that are par with all these other nations ??? What stops us from investing in our industries so jobs are available and linked to what we study??? Work in a foreign country , pay taxes, add to their development while our country is in shambles. Truth is majority of us educated or not are shortsighted and only looking out for us and ours and not what we can contribute to our nation. Brillant minds from Nigeria and other countries on the continent live and add to the development of the western world. Brilliant minds from the continent should add to the development of the continent. If we really think about it, western countries are “attractive” and seen as that “great opportunity” because their systems work to a large percent. LETS MAKE OUR SYSTEMS WORK!!!!

  19. Finegal

    July 13, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Non-Eu always the target point. A month ago it was foreign nurses now it’s foreign students! Chai we don suffer ooo. But God dey

  20. Iris

    July 14, 2015 at 12:47 am

    Why are they acting like international students have more to benefit from than they do? If they know they are serious they should cancel the student visa system altogether and only allow EU members in. Let England first get infested by young Greeks and eastern Europeans looking for work. We’ll see who is really causing problems.

  21. Rich at 18

    July 14, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Why are nigerians crying over a country whose citizens do not want you there. For God’s sake, it’s a damn democracy and the public opinion in the UK is anti-immigrants. This will just reveal that there’s no advantage of a UK diploma in the nigerian job market.

    • Exq

      July 14, 2015 at 9:03 pm

      UK, Canada, America, any country.

  22. Ifeanyi

    July 14, 2015 at 9:18 am

    121,000 each paying over £15,000 on tuition alone and yet Theresa and her cohorts think they are the cause of UK’s problems.SmH

    • Read people read

      July 14, 2015 at 11:51 am

      You don’t get it. That 121k people refuse to leave after study. Now that’s like 121 k people every year admission right? So you can’t see it’s a problem Abi?

    • adelegirl

      July 14, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      Not entirely true. Quite a few of those 121k people do leave and go back to their country. Most of the non-EU students I knew whilst I was studying in the UK have left and are doing quite well in their countries, myself included, to the glory of God. I am talking people from African countries like Ivory Coast, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria and even non-African countries like India, China, Brazil and Argentina. We all went back to our countries. Some didn’t even stay to take advanatage of the 1 year work visa given students.

  23. Bosola

    July 14, 2015 at 11:48 am

    i can predict a decline in the way Nigerians apply to study in UK Uni’s, Nigerians will start running to Canada to study instead…

    • Abk

      July 14, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      Canada is cheap, why won’t they run? Not because its necessarily better, but it’s cheap and easier to get passports and residency, which is something most Nigerians can sell their birth rights for.

    • Bae

      July 15, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      But very difficult to get student visa.

  24. Bosola

    July 14, 2015 at 11:57 am

    i can predict a decline in the way Nigerians apply to study in UK Uni’s, Nigerians will start running to Canada to study instead… i hope Nigerians/Africans can stop going to study in the UK altogether, lets see how far their tax payers money will get them…Like these students don’t pay tuition in fee mtcchheeewww (i’m angry)

  25. mabel

    July 14, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Russia has been doing this for years nau. Na today. They will give you less than a month to pack your kaya and leave their country. There will definitely be a decline and I’m pretty sure they know that but don’t care. Time to put all the money here pipu. Let’s make Nigeria and Africa great.

    • Bosola

      July 14, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      the tuition fee in Russia is nothing compared to that of Uk…plus who will want to stay in Russia sef?

    • Abk

      July 14, 2015 at 9:08 pm

      I wonder what people look for in Russia. Even Russians leave Russia to the UK, US, Canada, and the Netherlands.

  26. Cece

    July 14, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    I thought they stopped the post study work visa about three years ago.

  27. naawaa

    July 14, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    If them like make them stop flight from Naija to Heathrow, its their business

  28. Theos

    July 14, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    It’s fair for the British to cadre to the needs of their own people and this law is just one of the ways. However I expect them to do some sort of job classification under which students can’t apply and not generally put it at “students are not allowed to take up any jobs”

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