The aim of these changes is to reduce immigration abuse by limiting the ability for non-genuine students to hold leave in the UK under a student visa. However in achieving this aim, the legislation will also have adverse effects on student”s abilities to work whilst in education, extend their leave in the UK and support themselves financially. These effects would also extend to their employers and dependants.
As a result, students will no longer be able to start courses in new areas of academia from within the UK and again would have to submit a fresh out of country application in order to begin a new course. However, those applying to complete a PhD or other doctoral qualification may continue to study at the same level.