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Cameron and home secretary go to town on 'immigration abuses'

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Regulation

Cameron and home secretary go to town on 'immigration abuses' Cameron and home secretary go to town on 'immigration abuses'

Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May have revealed plans for a new crackdown on "immigration abuses".

From November, tougher rules will be imposed on universities and colleges that sponsor international students to study in the UK.

Currently, educational institutions cannot enjoy 'highly trusted sponsor status' if 20% or more of the individuals they have offered places to are refused visas.

But the government will slash that figure to 10% in November after a three-month transitional period for colleges and universities to re-examine their admissions procedures before offering individuals places.

Cameron additionally announced plans to halve the period over which European migrants can claim benefits.

From November, European jobseekers will only be able to claim jobseeker's allowance and other key welfare benefits for a maximum period of three months.

This new policy follows changes announced earlier this year to introduce a minimum three-month delay to claiming benefits and to cut off benefits after six months unless an individual has "very clear job prospects".

The prime minister said: "Hardworking people expect and deserve an immigration system that puts Britain first. Over the past four years we have clamped down on abuses, making sure the right people are coming here for the right reasons.

"At the same time, as part of our long-term economic plan, we have been fixing our education, training and welfare problems with radical school reform, record numbers of apprenticeships and an employment rate that has never been higher. All of these measures will ensure British people get a fair deal."

Home Secretary Theresa May added: "We are building an immigration system that is fair to British citizens and legitimate migrants, but tough on those who abuse it or flout the law.

"We will always act when we see abuse of our immigration system. And that is why we are tightening the rules to cut out abuse in the student visa system.

"These reforms are helping to deliver what we have always promised – to build an immigration system that truly works in the national interest."

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