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Impact Of Visa Charges On International Students

EDM number 1729 in 2002-03, proposed by John Barrett on 14/10/2003.

That this House notes with concern the new charges of up to ú250 which were introduced by the Home Office on 1st August to process applications to extend permission to stay in the United Kingdom; further notes that all non-European Union international students will be subject to this charge each time they apply to extend their stay in the United Kingdom; condemns the Government for the way in which these charges were introduced with no consultation with universities, colleges or student organisations and with only 21 days notice given; notes that the charges will not result in an improved service with the Home Office still aiming to process applications within a maximum of 13 weeks; is concerned that these charges will hit many international students studying in the United Kingdom many of whom are still unaware of the change and who will have to pay the charge up to four or five times during their studies; believes the new charges run the risk of damaging the United Kingdom's long tradition of attracting students from across the world to our colleges and universities and therefore runs contrary to the Government's stated policy of attracting increased numbers of international students into the United Kingdom; and congratulates the Edinburgh University Students' Association along with the many other student organisations across the country for their campaigns seeking a reversal in this damaging policy and a full review of the way student visa applications are handled by the Home Office.

This motion has been signed by a total of 47 MPs.

John Barrett14/10/2003Edinburgh WestLiberal DemocratProposed
Robert Smith14/10/2003West Aberdeenshire & KincardineLiberal DemocratSigned
John Thurso14/10/2003Caithness, Sutherland & Easter RossLiberal DemocratSigned
Michael Moore14/10/2003Tweeddale, Ettrick & LauderdaleLiberal DemocratSigned
Martin Smyth15/10/2003Belfast SouthIndependent Ulster UnionistSigned
Paul Holmes15/10/2003ChesterfieldLiberal DemocratSigned
Annabelle Ewing15/10/2003PerthScottish National PartySigned
Andrew George15/10/2003St IvesLiberal DemocratSigned
Peter Bottomley15/10/2003Worthing WestConservativeSigned
Jenny Tonge15/10/2003Richmond ParkLiberal DemocratSigned
Robert Wareing15/10/2003Liverpool, West DerbyLabourSigned
Andrew Stunell16/10/2003Hazel GroveLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Tyler16/10/2003North CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Simon Thomas16/10/2003CeredigionPlaid CymruSigned
Colin Breed16/10/2003South East CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Norman Lamb16/10/2003North NorfolkLiberal DemocratSigned
Alan Reid20/10/2003Argyll & ButeLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Keetch20/10/2003HerefordLiberal DemocratSigned
Patsy Calton20/10/2003CheadleLiberal DemocratSigned
Alistair Carmichael20/10/2003Orkney & ShetlandLiberal DemocratSigned
Sue Doughty20/10/2003GuildfordLiberal DemocratSigned
Steve Webb20/10/2003NorthavonLiberal DemocratSigned
Tony Worthington21/10/2003Clydebank & MilngavieLabourSigned
David Heath21/10/2003Somerton & FromeLiberal DemocratSigned
Adam Price21/10/2003Carmarthen East & DinefwrPlaid CymruSigned
Paul Marsden21/10/2003Shrewsbury & AtchamLiberal DemocratSigned
Lady Hermon22/10/2003North DownUUPSigned
Simon Hughes22/10/2003North Southwark & BermondseyLiberal DemocratSigned
Elfyn Llwyd22/10/2003Meirionnydd Nant ConwyPlaid CymruSigned
Albert Owen22/10/2003Ynys MLabourSigned
Jim Cousins22/10/2003Newcastle upon Tyne CentralLabourSigned
Michael Weir22/10/2003AngusScottish National PartySigned
John Randall23/10/2003UxbridgeConservativeSigned
Adrian Bailey23/10/2003West Bromwich WestLabour Co-operativeSigned
Mike Hancock27/10/2003Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Rudi Vis27/10/2003Finchley & Golders GreenLabourSigned
Neil Gerrard27/10/2003WalthamstowLabourSigned
Anne Campbell28/10/2003CambridgeLabourSigned
Iain Luke30/10/2003Dundee EastLabourSigned
Bill Etherington30/10/2003Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Alan Simpson03/11/2003Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Evan Harris06/11/2003Oxford West & AbingdonLiberal DemocratSigned
Frank Dobson18/11/2003Holborn & St PancrasLabourSigned
Richard Bacon18/11/2003South NorfolkConservativeSigned
Norman Baker18/11/2003LewesLiberal DemocratSigned
Nick Harvey19/11/2003North DevonLiberal DemocratSigned
Matthew Green19/11/2003LudlowLiberal DemocratSigned

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