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Overseas Students: Entry Clearances

Volume 464: debated on Monday 8 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) whether student visas are issued to students wishing to study at Kelvin Business School in Glasgow; (154513)

(2) what criteria must be met by educational institutions to be included on the list of applicable courses for student visas.

To help tackle abuse of the student immigration route of entry to the UK, the Home Office will only grant visas to international students who have offers of places to study at colleges on the DIUS Register of Education and Training Providers. Colleges applying to join the DIUS Register are required to supply evidence that they are providing education and training, and meeting the requirements of the Immigration Rules. The registration process is one of continual assessment.

Institutions failing to maintain the necessary standards are subject to review and removal from the Register if justified. The Borders and Immigration Agency advised us that Kelvin Business School was in breach of the Immigration Rules. The college was therefore removed from the DIUS Register on 19 July 2007.