Higher Education: Overseas Students

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Labour, Birkenhead

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many non-EU overseas students were accepted onto an undergraduate or postgraduate course, paid their fees, and were subsequently reported by their institution not to have attended the course in each of the last five academic years.

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

holding answer 11 January 2010

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Under the previous student route, education providers were not required to inform the UK Border Agency if an international student did not attend the course for which they were enrolled or pay the appropriate fee.

However, Tier 4 of the Points Based System introduces new requirements for education providers to provide details of international students and their courses. These requirements will mean that Tier 4 sponsors will be required to provide information on the course being followed, whether a student is not attending the course and whether any fees remain unpaid.

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