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UK rejects appeal on students visa

The British government on Wednesday rejected an appeal by nearly 70 top university heads to review changes to the student visa regime that is likely to put off students from India and other non-EU countries from coming to the UK.

In a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, the university heads noted the economic and other contributions made by international students, and said Britain stood to lose out on the highly competitive international student market unless the recent changes were reviewed. The university heads said: 'In particular we request that international university students be removed from the net migration statistics for policy purposes, bringing us into line with our major competitors'.

They added: 'We believe that this would help government by creating a clear differentiation between temporary and permanent migration, help universities whose international character is essential to their success, and help economic growth'.

Students comprise a major component of overall annual immigration. The curbs on student visas are intended to reduce the number of international students as and prevent abuse.
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