UK cuts the opportunity for university and academia
As many of you will be aware, the coalition government has proposed to
make changes to the immigration policy of the United Kingdom, and the
weight of these changes will fall squarely on the shoulders of the highly
educated, and highly skilled. Which is to say: us.
You may or may not be aware that upon coming into power the coalition
changed the Points Based System to devalue the PhD. They are now planning
to go further by abolishing the Post-Study Visa, and cutting off visa
routes for those already in the country to renew their visas. At the same
time, they have severely restricted the number of sponsored visas that
companies and universities can hand out.
I am writing to you because there is an ongoing public consultation on
this matter, which I would hope that many of you at this highly
international organization will be willing to fill it out. If you are
interested in doing so then you can find it here:
More details about it are available here:
Please note, that the consultation closes on Monday so you will need to
If you choose to read the documentation that comes with it, then please be
warned, it is highly spun and filled with statistical anomalies (their
measures of the percentage of Tier 1 visa holders in highly skilled work
changes from 70% in 2009 to 25% in 2010).
If you are in the country at the moment on a Post Study visa then I ask
that you also respond to this survey being run by the NUS:
Should you wish to learn more about the facts of what is being done then
do not hesitate to get in touch.
Thank you for your time,
UK Government consultation on changes to Highly Skilled Immigration