New visa rules ‘will cost city £160m’

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SHEFFIELD Central MP Paul Blomfield led a parliamentary challenge to the Government’s proposed tough new rules on student visas.

He told MPs in a Westminster Hall debate the new restrictions would stop thousands of overseas students coming to Sheffield’s two universities.

“By discouraging able and bona fide students, the government will hit the economy hard. International students contribute more than £160 million a year to Sheffield’s economy. By cutting student numbers the Government is damaging growth when we can least afford it.”

Before the debate Immigration Minister Damian Green told The Star he was targeting ‘bogus’ institutions: “The Sheffield universities which are selling an excellent education shouldn’t find it difficult to sell their product at all.”