The British Government has threatened to tighten student and work visas for Nigerians for what it perceived as abuse of the policy by Nigerians already living in the country.
The British government is worried about the number of relatives Nigerians with student visas are bringing in to it country.
The UK Home Office data, revealed that the number of relatives brought in by Nigerians is almost at par with the percentage of student and work visas issued to the African country.
According to research carried out it was discovered that citizens of other countries like, China, India, Pakistan and United States, invited fewer relatives in comparison to Nigerian citizens.
This high number doesn’t sit well with the UK government, considering 114,837 Chinese immigrants granted UK student visas in 2021 brought in only 401 relatives.
For the Indian immigrants, about 24,916 dependents went to the UK to join around 93,049 Indian students that secured student visas.
It was gathered that 40 per cent of relatives that accompanied foreign students between June last year and June 2022 were Nigerians.
This is despite seven per cent of all foreign students during the period in review being Nigerians.
As a result, the UK government is considering tightening visa rules, according to UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman.
According to the Prime Business Africa report, countries like Bangladesh, Ghana and Algeria, amongst others, faced visa rejections up to 40 per cent.