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UK official explains ban on students from bringing dependents

01:15 PM | 20 May, 2024
UK official explains ban on students from bringing dependents

LONDON - The United Kingdom's decision to ban international students from bringing students to the country has generated criticism for the regime with strong-worded comments from both sides.

As per recent policy changes, Rishi Sunak's government has declared that only international students pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) will be eligible to bring dependants into the United Kingdom.

The decision invited criticism with some saying that the decision is wise considering the record immigration numbers and the possibility of abuse of the visa.

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Richard  Montgomery has now disclosed the reason behind such a ban during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

In his comments on Sunday, the Envoy highlighted that the decision was made to address “unsustainable pressures” placed on the universities and social services due to the increasing number of dependants.

“The decision to restrict dependants for students in higher education aims to address the unsustainable pressures placed on universities due to the surge in dependant numbers,”  Montgomery explained.

The official highlighted the pressure on accommodation, medical services provided by the National Health Service (NHS), and schooling for dependants as key concerns that prompted the government to promulgate such legislation.

Montgomery said that the policy introduced earlier this year specifically targets students pursuing short-term degrees.

“Those coming to the UK for an undergraduate degree or a short-term master’s degree will find the rules have changed,” he said.

The High Commissioner continued that individuals pursuing long-term research degrees, like a PhD, can still bring their dependants.

'This change was necessary to maintain the sustainability of our large higher education sector, which spans many towns across the country,'  Montgomery added.

The government has recently introduced a series of measures to discourage immigration including raising the minimum salary threshold for Skilled Worker Visa. The government had also disclosed to review the Graduate Visa though the Migration Advisory Committee has advised against scraping the program.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 20 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 20, 2024 (Thursday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.50 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 296 and selling rate is 299 while British Pound rate is 349.7 for buying, and 353.25 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 74.80 and Saudi Riyal at 72.80.

Forex Rates

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.50 280.65
Euro EUR 296.00 299.00
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.70 353.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.80 75.60
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.80 73.55
Australian Dollar AUD 182.00 184.00
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.18 749.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 204.00 206.00
China Yuan CNY 38.43 38.83
Danish Krone DKK 40.18 40.58
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.66 36.01
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.90 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 909.34 909.34
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.30 59.90
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.79 172.79
Norwegian Krone NOK 25.97 26.27
Omani Riyal OMR 723.88 731.88
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203.65 205.65
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 311.90 314.40
Thai Baht THB 7.58 7.73

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