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Visa Income Thresholds: Universities

Published date : 15 January, 2024
9. What assessment he has made of the potential impact of proposed changes to visa income thresholds on the university sector.

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The director of Universities Scotland, Alastair Sim, has expressed concern that changes to the Government’s visa income threshold could affect universities’ ability to attract global talent. International students and academics make a contribution in excess of £5 billion annually to the Scottish economy. If the Government recognise the contribution of international students and academics, as they say they do, why are they introducing a policy that threatens to prevent future cohorts of them from making a similar contribution?

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