英国内政部大呈Theresa May今天说：“国际学生不仅对英国经济做出重大贡献，且让我们的教育体系也成为世界上最好的教育体系之一。 然而，旧的学生签证系统却没有有效的控制移民，没有有效的保护那些到低质量学院学习的合法学生。 我今天发布的改革消息还是集中强调学生的途径只是一个临时短暂的途径，它只供那些最聪明最佳的学生享用。新系统的设计以保证那些到英国来的学生，只是来学习而不是来工作的，且只能呆一个有限期限， 同时，他们在英国学习的这段时间能对英国做出积极的贡献" 。
Major changes to student visa system
Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011
Tougher criteria for people wanting to come to the UK to study and limits on their right to work are among major reforms to the student visas system announced today.
Following a Home Office review which revealed widespread abuse of the system, and a public consultation, major changes aim to tighten up the system and protect the brightest and best students.
Old system changed
Home Secretary Theresa May said: 'International students not only make a vital contribution to the UK economy but they also help make our education system one of the best in the world.
'But it has become very apparent that the old student visa regime failed to control immigration and failed to protect legitimate students from poor quality colleges.
'The changes I am announcing today re-focus the student route as a temporary one, available to only the brightest and best. The new system is designed to ensure students come for a limited period, to study not work, and make a positive contribution while they are here.'
From April 2012 all institutions wanting to sponsor students will have to be classed as 'highly trusted sponsors' and become accredited by statutory education inspection bodies by the end of 2012.
The current system does not require this and allowed too many poor quality colleges into the system
Those coming to study at degree level will have to speak a higher level of English than now.
UK Border Agency staff will be able to refuse entry to students who cannot speak English without an interpreter and who therefore do not meet the required standards.
Students at universities and publicly funded further education colleges will retain current work rights but all other students will have no right to work,
Restrictions will be placed on work placements at courses outside of universities.
The 'post study work route', which allowed students two years to seek employment after their course ended has been closed.
Only those graduates who have an offer of a skilled job from a sponsoring employer, in Tier 2 of the points-based-system, will be able to stay to work
Meanwhile, only postgraduate students at universities and government sponsored students to be will be able to bring their family members with them.
At the moment all students on longer courses are able to bring dependants.
And the overall time that can be spent on a student visa will be limited to three years at lower levels, as now, and five years at higher levels. There is currently no limit for study at or above degree level.
Theresa May added: 'My aim is not to stop genuine students coming here - it is to eliminate abuse within the system. Our stricter accreditation process will see only first class education providers given licences to sponsor students.
'I am delighted to announce that alongside our stricter rules, we will ensure that innovative student entrepreneurs who are creating wealth are able to stay in the UK to pursue their ideas.'
The government has committed to reforming all routes of entry to the UK in order to bring immigration levels under control.
The student changes will work alongside the annual limit on economic migration, and reforms to family and settlement routes planned for later this year.