Curbs on student families forecast to slash migration
Immigration could be cut by up to 150,000 under plans expected to be announced on Wednesday that will bar most foreign students from bringing family members to the UK.
Suella Braverman, the home secretary, is due to announce that all foreign students except for those on doctoral courses and a small number of other limited exemptions, such as research-led master’s courses, will be barred from bringing dependants to the UK.
Internal government modelling has predicted the move would cut the number of migrants coming to the UK by between 120,000 and 150,000 based on 2023 figures. The vast majority of overseas students in the UK are full-time postgraduate students from non-EU countries.
The announcement will come a day before official figures are expected to show