Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

V-Cs Urge Retention of Right to Appeal on Visas

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

V-Cs Urge Retention of Right to Appeal on Visas

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Home Office officials often make "poor quality" decisions when they reject student visa extension applications, Universities UK argues, making it vital that the government does not scrap the right to appeal.

The vice-chancellors' body is lobbying to alter aspects of the immigration bill, currently at the committee stage in the House of Lords.

It fears the loss of appeal rights for student visa extensions, the introduction of a £150 annual levy to use the National Health Service and landlord checks on students' immigration status could deter international students from coming to the UK.

Under the plans, instead of being allowed to appeal to a judge, students who have failed to get a visa extension will have to apply for "administrative review" by the border agencies.

UUK points out that, according to government statistics, 49 per cent of appeals on student and working visas are allowed, proof of the "poor quality of initial decision-making" and the need to retain the right of appeal. …

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