Most foreign students to be banned from moving family to the UK in crackdown as immigration set to hit 1 million

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Secretary of State for the Home Department Suella Braverman speaks during the National Conservatism Conference at The Emmanuel Centre on May 15, 2023 in London, England. Traditionalist conservatives gather for their annual conference in Central London. National Conservatism values the concepts of custom, convention and tradition over individualism. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

MOST foreign students will be banned from bringing family over to Britain in an immigration crackdown being announced this week.

But No10 has rejected calls by the Home Office to lift the salary threshold for foreign workers from £26,000 to £33,000 to bring down numbers.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman

It comes as official figures out this Thursday are expected to show that net migration has rocketed to 1 million.

A string of alarmed Tory MPs have broken cover to call for Rishi Sunak to get a  grip on the rocketing numbers.

Scrambling to get ahead of the bad news, ministers are expected to announce the immigration clampdown on Tuesday or Wednesday.

The crackdown will see all masters students and many other post grads banned from bringing family over.

The ban will not apply to PHD students, whose courses usually last between 3 and 5 years and are very highly skilled.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman and her deputy Robert Jenrick also wanted to lift the salary threshold, but were overruled after kick back from the Treasury.

Currently, foreign workers have to meet a £26,000 salary threshold to move to Britain.

But the Home Office wanted to raise this to £33,000 – which is the average wage of a worker in Britain.

Rishi Sunak is expected to come out fighting on immigration – pointing out they are figures he inherited as they date back to the year ending December 2022 – two months after he became PM.

There has been an explosion in the number of people coming to Britain piggybacking on their relative’s student visa.

Students brought 135,788 family members to Britain last year – nine times more than in 2019.

Last year, 59,053 Nigerian students brought over 60,923 relatives. 

One Tory MP told HOAR on Sunday: “We have got to get a grip.”

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