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Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

Home Department written question – answered on 18th January 2011.

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Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many employers have been prosecuted for employing non-EU students in breach of the conditions of their visa each year since 2001.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

The information is not recorded centrally, to obtain this information would incur disproportionate cost.

Details of employers prosecuted under section 8 of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 and section 21 of the Immigration Asylum and Nationality Act 2008 (employing illegal workers) are recorded on the National Operations Database (NOD). However, we only record the details of the offence against the employer and do not record how many of the illegal workers encountered or arrested were specifically non-EU students working in breach.

Details of the UK Border Agency prosecution cases for England and Wales are published by offence in the Control of Immigration Statistics which is available on the Home Office website at:

http://rds.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs10/hosb1510.pdf and a copy is available in the House Library.

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