Policy Briefing

A new system for student visas

13 Mar 2019

The current student visa system (Tier 4) does not currently deliver for the UK: it is unduly subjective, inequitable, and can act as a non-tariff barrier to trade in educational exports. With the government's target of achieving £30bn in education exports by 2020, MillionPlus believes this can only be achieved through a sector-wide strategy for growth, with a range of reforms to international student recruitment. This policy briefing lays out the arguement for change to the Tier 4 student visa process and proposes two ways of reforming the system to meet the objectives of the government and the universities in the years ahead.

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