Monday, 09 July 2012
Following on from reports that the UK Government is set to remove students from UK immigration figures, the SNP is calling on Westminster to adopt a new approach to immigration.
Sandra White, SNP MSP for Glasgow Kelvin, has recently met with representatives from Scotland’s Colleges to discuss how the existing rules stripped institutions of their highly trusted sponsor status and is leaving students in limbo.
Speaking in Kelvin, which has the highest concentration of students of any constituency across Scotland, she said: "This flawed policy not only affects both our colleges and the students that come here to study, to be told after one year of study they cannot continue is a devastating blow to both. The UK Government must act now to end this.
"The SNP welcome students being taken out of the immigration figures, but the UK Government needs a sensible immigration policy that is driven by Scotland’s economic aspirations.
"The Home Office must work with Scotland’s colleges and universities to ensure minimal disruption to students’ studies."