Every Pakistani student applying for a visa to come to study in Britain will face a compulsory interview with consular officials following a secret pilot study indicating that up to 40% could be ineligible.
Theresa May, the home secretary, will soon announce that “bogus” students will be blocked from entering Britain when the measures are introduced.
“Britain is open for business to the best and the brightest,” one government source said. “But our message to bogus students is clear: you will be found out and you will be stopped from coming. This is an important way of weeding out bogus students.”