You’re going to make life for a lot of my friends rather difficult.

On one hand, I totally understand the situation - visa fraud is a serious crime and draws away jobs that could’ve been given to the unemployed in Britain. It also allows for foreign citizens to remain in Britain and claim benefits/welfare. Those who are hardworking taxpayers especially don’t like foreigners claiming welfare due to the ongoing benefits scandal in the UK, where people who are either too lazy to work or are immigrants seeking asylum get social welfare, paid for by the taxpayer. With the recent popularity of TV shows such as Benefits Street (an entire street in the UK living on state welfare), British taxpayers are getting more and more disgruntled at having to pay for people who do not work because the benefits bring in more money than actual work, or so I’m lead to believe by British media. If there are any British Oppos here, please correct me if I’m wrong.

On the other hand, those who are legitimately coming to the UK to seek education are paying a huge amount of money, up to five figures for a higher education period of at least three years (provided they get no scholarships). Their sponsors may not be able to fully fund both their tuition fees and living costs and thus they will have to go and seek out part-time jobs in the local area to supplement their living. The work experience will also generally do these students will in preparing them for lives as independent adults. Currently, this proposed law will only affect non-EU citizens so I’m safe for now, but a lot of my friends are not. I don’t know what else to do except tell them about this whole issue and perhaps persuade them to reconsider their university locations...