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    Hundreds of colleges banned from bringing foreign students

    Hundreds of colleges banned from bringing foreign 'students' to UK under immigration crackdown

    By Daily Mail Reporter
    Last updated at 2:56 PM on 2nd November 2011

    Hundreds of colleges have been banned from bringing foreign students into the UK under Government plans to crack down on immigration.

    The student visa system - the most common way for migrants from outside the EU to enter the country - has been subject to widespread abuse, said Immigration Minister Damian Green.

    The institutions may have brought more than 11,000 people into the UK each year, according to the Home Office.

    Crackdown: Damien Green says the student visa system has been subject to widespread abuse
    They have now been prevented from taking on more international students after all either failed to sign up to the new inspection system or had their licences revoked.

    Some were unable to produce any records of student attendance, others failed to show they checked student qualifications and another could not even produce a list of students enrolled or a timetable of classes.
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    Mr Green said: '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.'

    Not academic: Foreign 'students' have been abusing the system to come to the UK for work and to bring over family members
    A sharp spike in student visa applications from south Asia just before the English language requirement rules were tightened prompted an investigation into 119 colleges, the UK Border Agency said.

    Of these, 51 had their licences revoked, three had licences suspended and nine were re-rated. A total of 11 are subject to further considerations and 45 were found to be compliant.

    The move comes after the Government announced a blacklist of more than 2,500 banks which cannot be trusted to verify documents supporting student visa applications.

    Too many institutions were offering international students an immigration service rather than an education
    Foreign students applying to study in the UK who claim they have funds to support themselves and pay for their course held in any of the banks on the list will receive no points for maintenance, the UK Border Agency said.

    The list, which includes 1,977 banks in India, three in Pakistan and 762 in the Philippines, is the latest part of the Government's efforts to crack down on bogus students.

    Students represent almost two-thirds of the migrants coming to the UK from outside the EU each year.

    In the 12 months to the end of June, a total of 304,548 student visas were issued, including 33,342 dependants, along with 36,018 student visa extensions, which included 19,416 dependants, Home Office figures showed.

    Only 66 of the banned colleges can be named, officials said.

    Others are still being notified that their licences have been revoked, while 172 unnamed institutions are able to continue teaching foreign students already in the UK, but will not be able to sponsor any others coming here in the future. ... z1cZ5Aoxpj

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