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UK Bans International Students from Bringing Dependents from 2024

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The Home Secretary of the UK has stated that international students who travel to the country for study purposes will no longer be allowed to bring relatives by January 2024.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Home Office said the development was necessary to stop people from using the student visa as a backdoor route to work in the UK.

“Last year almost half a million student visas were issued while the number of dependants of overseas students has increased by 750% since 2019, to 136,000 people,” the Home Office said.

The new reforms will come into effect for students starting in January next year. The government will however work with the higher education sector to explore alternative options to ensure the brightest & best students can continue to bring dependents when they study at the UK.

The UK said overseas students will be stopped from switching from the student visa route to a work visa until their studies have been completed.


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