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Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

Volume 457: debated on Tuesday 6 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had on the processes for assessing applications for student visas; and if he will make a statement. (122727)

[holding answer 26 February 2007]: Processes are the responsibility of the operational directorates within the Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) and performance is kept under regular review by Ministers. Policy governing student routes is reviewed on a regular basis and Parliament is regularly updated with any proposed changes.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms exist to ensure that those who are in receipt of student visas attend the courses on which they are enrolled; and if he will make a statement. (122728)

[holding answer 26 February 2007]: One of the provisions of the student rules is that a student needs to provide an offer letter from an institution on the DfES register before a visa may be issued.

If a student fails to attend, the institution can provide details to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate. This is a voluntary scheme.

When a student applies for an extension to their leave the application form requires the institution to provide written confirmation of the student’s attendance.

Under the points based system there will be a clearer link between the student’s leave and the institution. There will also be a mandatory requirement on institutions to report non-attendance of their students.