Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

Home Department written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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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 non-EU students were reported to her Department by educational institutions due to (a) poor attendance and (b) other concerns about their genuineness.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

Tier 4 sponsors use the online Sponsor Management System to report on student activity. Sponsors select one of a number of categories when reporting.

The number of reports by sponsors using the category which most closely equates to poor attendance, "Student has missed 10 expected contacts without permission", in each year from March 2010 to March 2012 are as follows:

2010 3,100
2011 17,100
2012 3,700
Total 23,900

These figures are taken from Management Information and sponsors may have reported any individual student on multiple occasions.

The Sponsor Management System does not include a specific reporting category for concerns about genuineness.

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