The government may be forced to change its approach to international students.
Universities could be allowed to continue to recruit international students under plans devised in Whitehall that are intended to allow the passage of the higher education and research bill. MPs voted yesterday to hold a general election on 8 June, which leaves seven working days including today before parliament rises. In an attempt to get the bill passed into law during this period, the government is offering significant concessions. Peers had approved an amendment to the bill which states that no student could “be treated for public policy purposes as a long-term migrant to the UK for the duration of their studies”. It now appears that MPs could approve this amendment.