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Tough new rules and enforcement action to stop abuse of the UK student visa system mean that over 450 education providers will no longer be able to sponsor new international students.

In total these colleges could have brought more than 11,000 students into the UK to study each year.

New UK Border Agency regulations have significantly raised the standards that education providers must meet before they can recruit international students.  So far, over 400 colleges have lost their right to recruit international students after they failed to sign up for the new inspection system.  As well as cutting abuse, the new standards will help ensure that genuine international students receive the highest quality education.

In addition, a targeted UK Border Agency investigation into more than 100 colleges has led to 51 institutions having their licences to recruit international students revoked. The investigation followed a spike in applications in South Asia just before the English language requirement rules were tightened in April. More than 4,500 applications to study have been refused or withdrawn as a result. 

One college advertised classes even though the website said it was shut for maintenance, while another could not even produce a list of students enrolled or a timetable of classes. On inspection, others could not produce any records of student attendance, or evidence of checking student qualifications.

 Immigration Minister, Damian Green said: “Widespread abuse of the student visa system has gone on for too long and the changes we have made are beginning to bite.

“Too many institutions were offering international students an immigration service rather than an education and too many students have come to the UK with the aim of getting work and bringing over family members. Only first-class education providers should be given licences to sponsor international students.

“We have curbed the opportunities to work during study and bring in family members. We have also introduced new language requirements to ensure we only attract genuine students whose primary motivation is to study.”

As well as thorough new inspections, colleges that want to bring in international students must also meet new higher sponsorship standards to ensure they are fulfilling their immigration responsibilities.  Those institutions that do not meet these standards will be removed from the sponsors’ register.

The UK Border Agency has also created a list of more than 2,000 banks and financial institutions from which it will no longer accept evidence to show that a student has sufficient funds to support themselves and pay for their course. If a bank is on the list, a student providing supporting documentation from that institution will not be granted a visa.

Further measures will be introduced in April 2012. The post study work route will close and students wishing to stay and work in a graduate level occupation will be able to apply under Tier 2 of the points based system. Students will be able to study for a maximum of five years above degree level (with some exceptions) and there will be restrictions on work placements for non-university courses. 

The UK Border Agency continues to work closely with UK education sponsors, and take action against those sponsors that do not comply with the required standards of education provision and immigration control. (Source: British High Commission)


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  • Dee Thursday, 03 November 2011 10:12 AM

    Fast Food joints in London will be short staffed now.

    ampare son Thursday, 03 November 2011 12:33 PM

    good news. bogus education institute worldwide. including sri lanka.

    Anil Friday, 04 November 2011 07:06 AM

    Most of our local banks will not be in the list of 2000. So parents will be forced to put money into local foreign banks at lower rates of interest in order to be eligible.

    Fair N Square Thursday, 03 November 2011 02:27 PM

    we have a Phd holder in parliment, mind you.....

    tamil lankan Thursday, 03 November 2011 07:45 AM

    they always changes no need to UK for SL students in the near future

    Rohana Thursday, 03 November 2011 07:51 AM

    Found lawers are pumping money into students accounts to show that they have enough money for their studies. You must stop people who are applying visas through the lawers. I happend to know two people who are going through that system to gain visa and work full time.


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