UK ‘closing the door’ on foreign students

The National, 29 October 2012

LONDON // When He Ying Li arrived in the United Kingdom to study at one of the world’s most illustrious universities, she could barely contain her excitement.

But that enthusiasm dissipated as she waited in the pouring rain outside a south London police station. As a Chinese immigrant, she had been given a week to register with the authorities.

“I got up at 4am to try to beat the queue, but I still had to wait for seven hours, standing in the rain,” said the 23-year-old, who arrived in the UK last month to study media and communications at the London School of Economics (LSE).

Following chaotic scenes at police stations across the country, the government relaxed the registration rules earlier this month. In future, students will have until the end of December to register with police and can do it through their university.

But bigger challenges are in store for Ms Li and other talented young students who dreamed of finding work in the UK after their studies.

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