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Rishi Sunak Sparks Cabinet Backlash with Proposal to Restrict Foreign Student Visas

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Rishi Sunak faces cabinet resistance over plans to abolish a visa program for international students staying in the UK post-graduation. Concerns about immigration toughness and misuse of the scheme prompt Downing Street to consider its termination. However, opposition arises from cabinet members, university leaders, and businesses, fearing negative impacts on education, local economies, and talent acquisition. Sunak navigates between party factions, torn between right-wing pressures and moderate concerns. Critics argue such measures would harm the economy and social fabric, stressing the valuable contributions of international students. Public apprehension grows over potential fee hikes and reduced university diversity. Independent advisers find no evidence of scheme abuse, highlighting its importance for the UK’s growth agenda.

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