Chris Bryant MP, Labour’s Shadow Immigration Minister, in response to the Government’s announcement on changes to checks to student visas, said:
“We welcome a more stringent interview process to prevent those attending ‘bogus colleges’ on Tier 4 visas from gaining entry to the UK. However, it is of the utmost importance that legitimate students do not feel victimised or put off from coming to the UK to study at some of the world’s most renowned universities.
““The Government needs to get the message out, loud and clear that we will welcome with open arms those wishing to come to the UK to study legitimately. Furthermore, the Home Secretary needs to guarantee that these changes will not lead to further delays in visas being issued or at the Border itself. The resources at the UK Border Agency and the UK Border Force are already stretched to breaking point; we must make sure they are properly equipped to carry out these checks in a timely and proper manner.
“It is estimated that students from outside the UK will be bringing £10,413 million in to the UK economy by 2015, we must make sure that they feel welcome to ensure that UK institutions remain some of the best in the world.”