It is a privilege to come to the UK and that is why I am committed to raising the bar for migrants and ensuring that those who benefit from being in Britain contribute to our society.

“This is only the first step. We are currently reviewing English language requirements across the visa system with a view to tightening the rules further in the future."

Student visa applications had to be temporarily suspended in India, Bangladesh and Nepal earlier this year amid fears they were being used to create sham marriages.

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