IMMIGRATION CRACKDOWN Most foreign students to be banned from moving family to the UK in major immigration crackdown

 In an effort to tighten immigration regulations, a new measure will be introduced this week, preventing the majority of foreign students from bringing their families to Britain. Despite the Home Office's request to increase the salary threshold for foreign workers from £26,000 to £33,000 in order to reduce the number of immigrants, 10 Downing Street has rejected this proposal. On Thursday, official statistics are expected to reveal a significant increase in net migration to 1 million, prompting concerned Conservative Members of Parliament to call on Rishi Sunak to address the escalating numbers.

To pre-empt the negative news, government ministers are anticipated to announce the immigration crackdown either on Tuesday or Wednesday. Under these new regulations, all master's students and many other postgraduates will be prohibited from bringing their families to the country. However, the ban will not apply to PhD students, who are generally highly skilled and pursue longer courses lasting between 3 and 5 years.

Despite the support of Home Secretary Suella Braverman and her deputy Robert Jenrick, the proposal to raise the salary threshold was overridden due to resistance from the Treasury. Currently, foreign workers are required to meet a salary threshold of £26,000 to relocate to Britain. The Home Office had aimed to raise this threshold to £33,000, which aligns with the average wage of a British worker.

Rishi Sunak is expected to take a firm stance on immigration, emphasizing that the figures being reported date back to the period ending December 2022—two months after he assumed the role of Prime Minister. There has been a notable surge in individuals using their relatives' student visas as a means to come to Britain. Last year, students brought 135,788 family members to the country, a nine-fold increase compared to 2019. Specifically, 59,053 Nigerian students were responsible for bringing over 60,923 relatives.

One Conservative MP expressed to The Sun on Sunday the urgent need to take control of the situation, stating, "We have to regain control."

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