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Overseas Students

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what penalties would be imposed on a college approved to provide education for overseas students found to be falsifying information to retain its approved status; how many such penalties have been issued in the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (183211)

Since 1 January 2005, colleges which want to recruit international students have to appear on the register of education and training providers. To remain on the register, colleges agree to abide by the terms and conditions of registration, including compliance with the immigration rules. To date, 143 colleges have been found to be in breach of the immigration rules, following investigation by the BIA and therefore removed from the register. They are therefore no longer able to recruit international students.