The SNP has called for the Home Office to scrap plans to introduce ‘flawed’ new immigration restrictions on foreign students. The new rules are expected to limit the ability of students from outside the EU to work during their studies and at the end of their course.
The SNP has repeatedly called for the reintroduction of a post-study work visa and for the UK Government to honour the spirit of the Smith Commission – which recommended UK Ministers explore the introduction of such a scheme. Last month more than 100 representatives of public, private and third sector organisations in Scotland, including several universities, signed a statement supporting the principle of a post-study work visa.
Commenting, Paisley’s MSP George Adam said:
“These wrong-headed immigration changes will damage the UK’s reputation as a place to study and work and will create the ludicrous situation where highly-skilled graduates are being forced out the country.
“The SNP has consistently called for the reintroduction of a post-study work visa scheme – most recently in the General Election where the SNP won 56 of Scotland’s 59 seats – and a scheme has been supported across political parties and civic Scotland. But rather than responding constructively to this plea, as recommended by the Smith Commission, the Tories are now doing the exact opposite by introducing further restrictions on foreign students.
“The UK Government must urgently rethink these flawed plans and engage constructively with the Scottish Government and civic Scotland to develop a scheme that harnesses the skills and knowledge of the talented people who chose to study in Scotland.”