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More deported students arrive from UK

IMMIGRATION police at Pudong New Area said yesterday they have received a growing number of Chinese students deported from the United Kingdom recently because of visa policy changes.

The police had received four deported Chinese students since April, when the final policy changes took effect. In recent years, they have seen only one to two students deported from UK to them annually.

The four students were not familiar with the tightened new rules, which led to their repatriation, police said.

Police remind students to study new policies and warn that a deportation record makes it difficult to go to the UK again.

The new rules abolished the post study work visa that allowed graduates from outside Europe to remain in the UK for up to two years to look for a job or gain work experience.

The new rules also reduce the time allowed for foreign college students to do part-time work from 20 hours per week to 10 weeks per week. Students studying at language schools have no right to work.

In one case, a 29-year-old man from Liaoning Province stayed in the UK to look for a job after his graduation in 2010, which is not allowed under the current rules.

Another three university students from Fujian Province were caught working overtime in UK, police said.

Asked whether there is any link between the tightened policy and the upcoming Olympic Games in London, the British Consulate-General Shanghai issued a statement saying:

"This policy has nothing to do with the London Olympic Games, and we are not limiting the number of visas issued in the run-up to and duration of the Olympics."

There are more than 90,000 Chinese students studying in the UK, with over 70,000 taking higher education courses.

In 2011, the UK Border Agency issued over 50,000 student visas in China, an increase of nearly 20 percent from 2010.


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