Immigration rules could cost UK

British universities could lose out on millions of pounds annually if immigration policies are not changed, senior education figures have warned David Cameron.

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One in 10 foreign students study in UK

The letter written to the Prime Minister on behalf of 68 chancellors, governors and university presidents says Britain attracts around one in 10 students who study outside their home country, generating around £8 billion a year in tuition fees, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Signatories include former Liberal Democrat leader Menzies Campbell, chancellor of St Andrews University, as well as broadcaster Lord Melvyn Bragg, chancellor of the University of Leeds.

Government deny immigration policies would cost UK billions

There is no limit on the number of genuine students who can come to the UK and our reforms are not stopping them. But we are determined to prevent the abuse of student visas as part of our plans to get net migration down to the tens of thousands.

When we announced our full raft of changes to the student visa route, Universities UK said that the proposals 'will allow British universities to remain at the forefront of international student recruitment'.

Students coming to the UK for over a year are not visitors - numbers affect communities, public services and infrastructure.

– Damian Green, Immigration Minister

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