Foreign students will be banned from bringing family members to the United Kingdom, reports The Sun UK.
The UK, one of the world’s top economies, has become a global talent magnet by being a top choice of study for Nigerians.
Seeking higher education abroad has become a major means of permanent emigration.
An immigration crackdown is to be announced this week.
By this announcement, it means the UK will limit the number of dependant visas for international students from Nigeria and other countries
The crackdown will see all masters students and many other post grads banned from bringing family over.
The ban will not apply to PHD students, whose courses usually last between 3 and 5 years and are very highly skilled.
There has been an explosion in the number of people coming to Britain piggybacking on their relative’s student visa.
This follows the reports that net migration into the UK has skyrocketed to 1 million with Tory MPs asking the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, “to get a grip on the rocketing numbers.”
To get a hold of the climbing numbers, UK ministers are said to be expected to announce the immigration clampdown on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Students brought 135,788 family members to Britain last year – nine times more than in 2019.
Last year, 59,053 Nigerian students brought over 60,923 relatives.
Suella Braverman, UK’s Home Secretary, said there were too many students coming into the UK and needed to be cut down. “There are structural pressures that mass and rapid migration poses to our country.”
In January, Braverman pushed for a visa change that would force foreign students out of the country if they don’t get a skilled job six months after graduating.