Is the Government shutting the door on International students?

RUSU is supporting the NUS 'Don't Shut the Door on International Students Campaign' and together are increasingly concerned that planned changes to immigration law in the UK will unfairly impact on students wishing to study in the UK from outside the EU.

What is the government proposing?

The Government is proposing to introduce a charge for all non-EEA international students coming to the UK to use the NHS.

In addition to NHS charges, the government will introduce fines for any private landlord who does not ensure their tenants have the right to remain in the UK.

Why are we concerned?

We believe that the introduction of healthcare charges of up to £200 per person per year of study is discriminatory, counter-intuitive and impractical. In particular, for postgraduate research students with families this could mean an additional visa fee of £3000 before even stepping foot into the UK.

We believe that forcing Landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants could make untrained and unregulated landlords an unwilling extension of the UK boarder force.

RUSU as a member of the NUS is calling on the Government to scrap this unnecessary proposal which, when directed at students, could result in discrimination and duplication of existing heavy-handed immigration controls on students.

Speak up for your rights!

The Immigration Bill is out and it’s another horrific attack on international students. Write to your MP here:

  1. Tweet or Facebook your support.
  2. Sign NUS’ petition here against unfair NHS charges to show your support for our International students.
  3. If you are an international student (from outside the EU) write to your embassy using the NUS draft letter (find your embassy contact details here)
  4. Write to your MP using the NUS quick and easy online letter writing facility (located at the bottom of the campaign home page).


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