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Impact Of Visa Charges On International Students

EDM number 74 in 2003-04, proposed by David Davis on 26/11/2003.

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 colleges and universities and therefore runs contrary to the government's stated policy of attracting increased numbers of international students into the United Kingdom; 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; further notes with concern the damaging effect of these charges on overseas pupils attending boarding schools in the United Kingdom; and regrets the damage which may be done to an important market worth over ú240 million annually.

This motion has been signed by a total of 58 MPs.

David Davis26/11/2003Haltemprice & HowdenConservativeProposed
Nick Hawkins26/11/2003Surrey HeathConservativeSigned
Tim Boswell26/11/2003DaventryConservativeSigned
Dominic Grieve26/11/2003BeaconsfieldConservativeSigned
Chris Grayling26/11/2003Epsom & EwellConservativeSigned
Alan Duncan26/11/2003Rutland & MeltonConservativeSigned
Jonathan Djanogly26/11/2003HuntingdonConservativeSigned
James Paice26/11/2003South East CambridgeshireConservativeSigned
Humfrey Malins26/11/2003WokingConservativeSigned
Peter Luff26/11/2003Mid WorcestershireConservativeSigned
Oliver Letwin26/11/2003West DorsetConservativeSigned
Simon Burns26/11/2003West ChelmsfordConservativeSigned
Philip Hammond27/11/2003Runnymede & WeybridgeConservativeSigned
David Wilshire27/11/2003SpelthorneConservativeSigned
Angela Watkinson27/11/2003UpminsterConservativeSigned
Simon Thomas27/11/2003CeredigionPlaid CymruSigned
Tony Baldry27/11/2003BanburyConservativeSigned
Peter Ainsworth27/11/2003East SurreyConservativeSigned
Edward Garnier27/11/2003HarboroughConservativeSigned
Mark Francois27/11/2003RayleighConservativeSigned
Mark Field27/11/2003Cities of London & WestminsterConservativeSigned
Jacqui Lait27/11/2003BeckenhamConservativeSigned
John Randall27/11/2003UxbridgeConservativeSigned
Derek Conway01/12/2003Old Bexley & SidcupConservativeSigned
Nigel Evans01/12/2003Ribble ValleyConservativeSigned
Tim Yeo01/12/2003South SuffolkConservativeSigned
James Gray02/12/2003North WiltshireConservativeSigned
Michael Fabricant02/12/2003LichfieldConservativeSigned
Peter Duncan02/12/2003Galloway & Upper NithsdaleConservativeSigned
Malcolm Moss02/12/2003North East CambridgeshireConservativeSigned
Robert Key02/12/2003SalisburyConservativeSigned
Andrew Hunter02/12/2003BasingstokeIndependent ConservativeSigned
Tim Loughton02/12/2003East Worthing & ShorehamConservativeSigned
Julian Brazier03/12/2003CanterburyConservativeSigned
David Amess03/12/2003Southend WestConservativeSigned
Andrew Rosindell04/12/2003RomfordConservativeSigned
Bob Spink04/12/2003Castle PointConservativeSigned
Julian Lewis04/12/2003New Forest EastConservativeSigned
Roy Beggs04/12/2003East AntrimUUPSigned
Caroline Spelman08/12/2003MeridenConservativeSigned
Lady Hermon08/12/2003North DownUUPSigned
Howard Flight09/12/2003Arundel & South DownsConservativeSigned
Bill Wiggin10/12/2003LeominsterConservativeSigned
Anne McIntosh10/12/2003Vale of YorkConservativeSigned
Oliver Heald10/12/2003North East HertfordshireConservativeSigned
Patrick Mercer16/12/2003NewarkConservativeSigned
Andrew Selous18/12/2003South West BedfordshireConservativeSigned
Jonathan Sayeed05/01/2004Mid BedfordshireConservativeSigned
Adrian Flook05/01/2004TauntonConservativeSigned
David Maclean07/01/2004Penrith & The BorderConservativeSigned
Cheryl Gillan07/01/2004Chesham & AmershamConservativeSigned
Andrew Murrison08/01/2004WestburyConservativeSigned
Hugo Swire26/01/2004East DevonConservativeSigned
Julie Kirkbride27/01/2004BromsgroveConservativeSigned
George Osborne10/02/2004TattonConservativeSigned
Eric Pickles11/03/2004Brentwood & OngarConservativeSigned
Charles Hendry05/05/2004WealdenConservativeSigned
John Bercow26/05/2004BuckinghamConservativeSigned

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