Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

Home Department written question – answered on 11th January 2010.

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Photo of Damian Green Damian Green Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many entry visas for students attending colleges which were subsequently closed on the intervention of the UK Border Agency were issued in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; and how many such visas were issued between 1 January and 31 October 2009.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (the North West), Home Office, Minister of State (the North West), HM Treasury, Minister of State (the North West), Regional Affairs

Since the introduction of PBS Tier 4 on 31 March 2009, UKBA has the authority to suspend or revoke the licence of a college. Of the 1,800 colleges currently licensed, 14 had their licences revoked between 1 April and 31 October this year. The number of visas issued to students attending these colleges in 2007, 2008 and 2009 is shown in the following table:

College 2007 2008 2009 Grand total
Bells College 37 48 175 260
Brookes College 1 - - 1
Concept Care College 18 88 97 203
Holborn School of Finance and Management - 5 3 8
London Academy for Higher Education 62 82 58 202
London College of Science and Technology 81 16 52 149
London College Wimbledon 112 137 292 541
London Reading College 225 340 456 1,021
London School of Language t/a Great Chapel College 181 207 61 449
Middlesex College 197 152 183 532
St Martin's Business School 22 37 5 64
The Muslim college 3 8 1 12
Waterloo School of English 68 43 60 171
Grand Total 1,007 1,163 1,443 3,613

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