Time spent on a Student or Youth Mobility Scheme visa doesn't count towards the required 5 years of continuous residence for settlement in the UK. What's the policy reason?
I note that non-UK students and alumni of UK universities contribute large amount in fees. In 2017-2018, Oxford University's lowest Overseas fee was £15775.
Is the reason that time as a student is not sufficiently "affiliated" with the UK? Then why does an Ancestry visa qualify? Aren't Student or Youth Scheme visa holders more affiliated and related to the UK, than Ancestry visa holders?
If you’ve already spent time in the UK on one of the following visas this will count towards the 5 years:
- Global Talent visa (or a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa)
- Investor visa
- Entrepreneur visa
- Skilled Worker visa (or a Tier 2 General work visa)
- Minister of Religion visa
- Sportsperson visa
- Representative of an Overseas Business visa
- UK Ancestry visa
Time spent on a Student visa (previously called a Tier 4 (General) student visa) or a Youth Mobility Scheme visa will not count. [emphasis mine]