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UK stops Nigerian students, others from bringing dependants

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The Home Office of the United Kingdom on Monday announced that it had commenced the implementation of its policy banning Nigerian students and other overseas students from bringing in dependants via the study visa route.

In a post on X (formerly Twitter), the Home Office reiterated that only those on postgraduate research or government-sponsored scholarship students will be exempted from the development.

“We are fully committed to seeing a decisive cut in migration. From today, new overseas students will no longer be able to bring family members to the UK. Postgraduate research or government-funded scholarships students will be exempt,” the Home Office said.

The PUNCH reports that in May 2023, the United Kingdom put in place a law to stop Nigerian students, and others studying in the UK from bringing family as dependents except under specific circumstances.

This is as the UK government aims to bring down immigration into the country which stands at about one million.

Under the new rule, the UK will remove the permission for international students to switch out of the student route and into work routes before their studies have been completed to prevent misuse of the visa system.

Sky News also added that “there will also be a review of the maintenance requirement for students and dependents and a crackdown on ‘unscrupulous’ education agents who make use of inappropriate applications to sell immigration, not education.”

A statement on the UK’s Home Office official site adds that the “New government restrictions to student visa routes will substantially cut net migration by restricting the ability for international students to bring family members on all but post-graduate research routes and banning people from using a student visa as a backdoor route to work in the UK.

“The ONS estimated that net migration was over 500,000 from June 2021 to June 2022. Although partly attributed to the rise in temporary factors, such as the UK’s Ukraine and Hong Kong schemes, last year almost half a million student visas were issued while the number of dependants of overseas students has increased by 750 per cent since 2019, to 136,000 people.”

The Home Office also noted that this new rule was not at the expense of the government’s commitment to the public to lower overall migration and ensure that migration to the UK was highly skilled and provided the most benefit.

According to them, the proposal is aimed at allowing “the government to continue to meet its International Education Strategy commitments while making a tangible contribution to reducing net migration to sustainable levels. The government has also made clear that the terms of the graduate route remain unchanged.”

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Kamala Harris breaks record with over $81m donations — after Biden quit race

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Kamala Harris, the United States vice president, has raised more than $81 million, a day after President Joe Biden withdrew from the presidential race.

The amount is believed to be the largest 24-hour fundraising in the history of the US presidential campaign.

Former President Donald Trump, who is the Republican Party candidate, raised more than $50 million in 24 hours after his felony conviction in the New York hush money trial.

Biden gathered $38 million in four days after his “unimpressive” debate performance against Trump.

Harris’ new total features donations from hundreds of thousands of first-time donors, the campaign said.

The donations breathe hope into a deflated Democratic Party facing a shaky road to re-election after weeks of trying to get Biden to give up the ticket.

The 81-year-old had insisted he would remain in the race despite growing concerns about his capacity to run the race.

However, the president took Americans by surprise on Sunday when he announced his withdrawal in the interest of the party and the country.

Biden threw his weight behind Harris and urged citizens to put their confidence in her.

The vice-president promised to win and earn nominations from her fellow Democrats.

Although Harris has not been announced as the party’s official candidate, polls have shown she is most favoured to get the Democrat’s ticket.

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I’ll unite US to defeat Trump and his extreme agenda, says Kamala Harris

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Kamala Harris, US vice-president, says she is honoured to be endorsed as the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party.

On Sunday, President Joe Biden withdrew from the presidential race, saying his decision not to seek reelection is in the best interest of the Democratic Party and the country.

Biden subsequently endorsed Harris, adding that he has offered his full support to the vice president as a nominee of the party in the November 5 presidential election.

In a statement, Harris said she would “earn and win” the nomination, adding that she would work hard to unite the party and country to defeat Trump.

“On behalf of the American people, I thank Joe Biden for his extraordinary leadership as President of the United States and for his decades of service to our country. His remarkable legacy of accomplishment is unmatched in modern American history, surpassing the legacy of many Presidents who have served two terms in office,” the statement reads.

“It is a profound honor to serve as his Vice President, and I am deeply grateful to the President, Dr. Biden, and the entire Biden family.

“I first came to know President Biden through his son Beau. We were friends from our days working together as Attorneys General of our home states.

“As we worked together, Beau would tell me stories about his Dad. The kind of father and the kind of man he was. And the qualities Beau revered in his father are the same qualities, the same values, I have seen every single day in Joe’s leadership as President: His honesty and integrity. His big heart and commitment to his faith and his family. And his love of our country and the American people.

“With this selfless and patriotic act, President Biden is doing what he has done throughout his life of service: putting the American people and our country above everything else.

“I am honored to have the President’s endorsement and my intention is to earn and win this nomination. Over the past year, I have traveled across the country, talking with Americans about the clear choice in this momentous election. And that is what I will continue to do in the days and weeks ahead.

“I will do everything in my power to unite the Democratic Party and unite our nation to defeat Donald Trump and his extreme Project 2025 agenda.

“We have 107 days until Election Day. Together, we will fight. And together, we will win.”

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Trump promises Americans ‘4 greatest years in history’ if elected president again

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Donald Trump has vowed to run “to be president for all of America” as he took to the stage at the Republican National Convention on Friday.

Trump said this in his first public speech following the failed attempt on his life.

“I stand before you this evening with a message of confidence, strength, and hope,” Trump told an ecstatic crowd in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

“Four months from now, we will have an incredible victory, and we will begin the four greatest years in the history of our country.”

“Together, we will launch a new era of safety, prosperity and freedom for citizens of every race, religion, colour and creed,” Trump said.

“I am running to be president for all of America, not half of America, because there is no victory in winning for half of America.”

Trump, 78, formally accepted his party’s nomination as the presidential candidate for the November 5 election, where he is set to face off against incumbent Joe Biden.

He is set to run together with vice presidential candidate, JD Vance, a senator from Ohio who is some 40 years younger than Trump.

Vance is a rising star within the Republican Party and a former fierce critic who has since wholeheartedly embraced Trump. Trump’s official nomination as the Republican presidential candidate came just two days after the failed attempt on his life.

During a campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday, a shooter was able to climb to an elevated position with an assault rifle and fire a number of shots at Trump, wounding him in the ear while one spectator was killed.

Trump, left bleeding, struck a defiant tone as he pumped his fist while being whisked off the stage.

Wearing a white bandage on his right ear, Trump has joined the four-day party conference in person every night to standing ovations.

The shooting upended what had already been a tumultuous campaign season, dominated by Trump’s criminal trials and concerns about the candidates’ age.

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