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Blair assures easy way for students

Tony Blair has said that new immigration policy for students would make it easier to study in Britain.

india Updated: Mar 09, 2006 15:48 IST

Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair told a group of students in India via videophone that the new points-based immigration system would make it "easier and fairer" for them to study in Britain. Under the new system, all English language schools will need to be accredited and listed on the register of the

Department for Education and Skills if they want to admit overseas students. Blair told the students that the system, unveiled on Tuesday, would ensure that "highly skilled" workers needed by Britain would still be able to migrate, but added that the new rules were necessary to prevent "abuses" of the system.

"We want students to come and study in our universities and we want highly skilled workers that we need for our economy, but we want to prevent abuses of the immigration system," he said.

"Foreign workers or students will in future need a UK sponsor to vouch for them, ensuring that business and colleges take responsibility for making sure they comply with visa rules," Home Secretary Charles Clarke said.

SMART BOX
London calling
• Indian students comprise one of the largest groups of overseas students in
British universities
• They are valued for commitment to studies and for contributing to overall
student experience
• 17,000 Indians had recently studied in UK — a figure that rose from 5,000 five
years ago

First Published: Mar 09, 2006 15:48 IST