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UK Border Agency (UKBA) makes interview tests compulsory for overseas students who apply for visas to study in Britain, to check on abuses.Opulentus Employees of UKBA will be bestowed with new power to refuse entry to any overseas students whose credibility remains in doubt after being interviewed. Students failing to turn up for the interview will also be denied entry if they fail to give a reasonable explanation. This comes ahead of the decision of David Cameron’s consideration of changing track and removing foreign students from the official net migration count, after mounting fears that the government's approach is damaging £8bn-a-year industry. Office of National Statistics reports that net migration to Britain remains at a record high of more than 250,000 a year. Ministers are trying to bring down these figures to below 100,000 by the time of the next election. Immigration minister, Damian Green, has rejected the universities' argument that students are not migrants and should be excluded as "fiddling the figures", but according to the Sunday Times report, Cameron now accepts that there is a risk that overseas students are turning their backs on Britain. "The prime minister understands these arguments and is definitely considering a change of policy," it reports. Due to start on 30 July, this new rule will result in 10,000 to 14,000 applicants for student visas interviewed each year – about 5% of those who apply to come to Britain from outside Europe. A pilot scheme was conducted last year under which more than 2,300 students’ visa applicants from 47 countries were interviewed at 13 overseas posts by consular officials. Home Office predicts most of the refusals will be on credibility grounds mostly for students from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Burma, Nigeria and the Philippines. This interview program targets students from these above countries. Green said: "With more interviews and greater powers to refuse bogus students we will weed out abuse and protect the UK from those looking to play the system.” "Under the current system UK Border Agency officers are unable to refuse some applications even if they have serious concerns over the credibility of the student. We are toughening up the system to keep out the fraudulent and unqualified while ensuring genuine students benefit from our country's excellent education sector." The immigration minister said while Britain would remain open to the "brightest and best" the message was clear: "If you lie on your application form or try to hide your true motivation for coming to the UK then you will be found out and refused a visa." For information on UK Student Visas, visit www.visas2unitedkingdom.com or call us on 1800 103 155. You can also fill our Free Evaluation Form for expert guidance. Stay connected with us on www.facebook.com/opulentus.uk

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