Impact assessment on the reform of the student visa under the points-based system (PBS).
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The government believes that Britain can benefit from migration, but not uncontrolled migration.
The student route has been subject to abuse and recent evidence suggests that some non-EU students are not progressing, are not studying at higher levels, and do not view the route as temporary. The Post-Study Work Route has also seen high volumes of migrants qualifying to remain in the UK, some of which are not in skilled employment.
The government regulates migration using the points-based system (PBS). Changes to the PBS requirements are needed to reduce abuse, and to secure students who effectively contribute to the UK. Intervention is necessary to achieve this.