Changes to the Immigration Rules – A further twist of the knife?

The Government has issued its latest Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules.  The Government has consistently stated that its intention is to significantly reduce net migration into the “tens of thousands”. This time round the cross hairs have been firmly targeted on Tier 4, particularly college students.

The main proposed change announced by Immigration Minister James Brokenshire is in relation to those students at publicly funded colleges who from next month may lose the right to work whilst studying in the UK.  There was previously a right to work 10 hours per week during term time and unlimited hours during vacation for such students but not anymore, and the change will bring them into line with those conditions already applying to students at private colleges.

The implication for employers who are heavily reliant on student labour, particularly those in sectors such as retail, food and hospitality are self-evident.

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Andrew Chamberlain

Partner - Head of Employment & Chair of the SDE

I am a Partner, the National Head of the Employment Team and the Chair of the Service Delivery Executive (SDE), which is focused on building better solutions for clients.