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Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) student entry visas and (b) extensions to student visas were granted to non-EU students of each nationality in each year since 2001; and what proportion of applications for extensions to such visas were granted in respect of students of each nationality. (177397)

The available figures on non-EEA students given leave to enter the United Kingdom and those granted an extension of leave to remain can be found in the yearly Command Paper “Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom” This publication may be obtained from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics website

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.

The following table shows the proportion of applications for extension of leave to remain that were granted in respect of non-EEA students in 2006. Tables for previous years can be produced only at a disproportionate cost.

Decisions on applications for an extension of leave to remain1 in the United Kingdom, excluding EEA and Swiss nationals, 20062: Students

Number of decisions

of which:

Country of nationality

Total decisions

Grant of extension

Percentage of total

Refusal of extension

Percentage of total

Albania

155

145

94.8

10

5.2

Algeria

200

195

98.0

5

2.0

Angola

165

160

95.8

5

4.2

Argentina

110

95

86.1

15

13.9

Australia

210

195

92.9

15

7.1

Bangladesh

4,525

4,400

97.2

125

2.8

Belarus

360

350

97.5

10

2.5

Bolivia

820

755

91.9

65

8.1

Botswana

190

150

80.9

35

19.1

Brazil

4,615

4,215

91.3

400

8.7

Bulgaria

190

170

91.0

15

9.0

Cameroon

570

545

95.1

30

4.9

Canada

335

320

95.5

15

4.5

Chile

110

105

92.8

10

7.2

China (Peoples Republic of)

25,105

24,695

98.4

410

1.6

Colombia

1,885

1,840

97.8

40

2.2

Ecuador

135

130

94.2

10

5.8

Egypt

165

160

97.6

5

2.4

Gambia

1,005

925

92.1

80

7.9

Georgia

540

520

96.3

20

3.7

Ghana

3,990

3,700

92.7

290

7.3

Grenada

110

90

81.3

20

18.8

Guinea

220

205

94.1

15

5.9

Guyana

105

95

90.7

10

9.3

Hong Kong

980

895

91.5

85

8.5

India

13,880

13,575

97.8

305

2.2

Indonesia

285

275

96.1

10

3.9

Iran

1,290

1,250

96.7

40

3.3

Israel

270

250

92.3

20

7.7

Ivory Coast (Cote D’Ivoire)

645

620

96.0

25

4.0

Jamaica

3,755

3,180

84.7

575

15.3

Japan

1,775

1,730

97.5

45

2.5

Jordan

260

250

95.8

10

4.2

Kazakhstan

130

125

98.4

*

1.6

Kenya

1,300

1,220

93.6

85

6.4

Korea (South)

3,300

3,215

97.4

85

2.6

Kyrgyzstan

190

175

93.7

10

6.3

Lebanon

175

170

95.5

10

4.5

Libya

1,230

1,185

96.5

45

3.5

Malawi

1,505

1,225

81.3

280

18.7

Malaysia

3,460

3,000

86.8

455

13.2

Mauritius

4,930

4,075

82.6

860

17.4

Mexico

420

395

93.1

30

6.9

Moldova

195

190

96.4

5

3.6

Mongolia

370

365

97.8

10

2.2

Myanmar

895

870

97.4

25

2.6

Namibia

890

750

84.3

140

15.7

Nepal

1,375

1,335

96.9

40

3.1

Nigeria

8,045

7,680

95.4

370

4.6

Pakistan

14,030

13,750

98.0

280

2.0

Peru

230

220

94.0

15

6.0

Philippines

315

280

88.6

35

11.4

Romania

170

155

90.6

15

9.4

Russia

1,220

1,200

98.3

20

1.7

Saudi Arabia

680

675

98.7

10

1.3

Sierra Leone

585

525

90.1

60

9.9

Singapore

165

155

94.5

10

5.5

South Africa

3,305

2,735

82.8

570

17.2

Sri Lanka

3,125

2,965

94.9

160

5.1

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

135

110

82.4

25

17.6

St. Lucia

265

230

87.8

30

12.2

Sudan

150

145

95.3

5

4.7

Syria

665

650

97.4

15

2.6

Taiwan

1,220

1,205

98.8

15

1.2

Tanzania

1,010

925

91.8

85

8.2

Thailand

1,855

1,825

98.3

30

1.7

Trinidad And Tobago

600

495

82.3

105

17.7

Turkey

2,600

2,545

98.0

50

2.0

Turkmenistan

315

300

96.2

10

3.8

Uganda

1,755

1,630

92.9

125

7.1

Ukraine

815

775

95.3

40

4.7

United States of America

755

720

95.1

35

4.9

Uzbekistan

1,100

1,080

98.2

20

1.8

Venezuela

400

360

90.3

40

9.7

Vietnam

480

470

98.3

10

1.7

Yemen

140

135

96.4

5

3.6

Zambia

695

620

89.0

75

11.0

Zimbabwe

3,445

2,890

83.9

555

16.1

Others3

2,415

2,220

92.0

190

8.0

All nationalities

142,115

134,240

94.5

7,875

5.5

1 Excludes dependants of principal applicant and withdrawn applications.

2 Provisional and subject to change.

3 Those countries of nationality showing less than 100 decisions.

Note:

Data rounded to the nearest five, therefore the figures may not sum to the totals shown.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for Ashford of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 638, from which colleges and universities the Borders and Immigration Agency and its predecessor requested details of (a) non-attendance by overseas students and (b) the number of students not attending; and how many students (i) had their visas revoked and (ii) were deported from the United Kingdom as a result in each year since 2004. (180678)

The UK Border Agency requested attendance records from 153 colleges and 48 universities since limited mandatory reporting was introduced in April 2007. Information on the number of people who have had their visas revoked as a result of such inquiries and who were subsequently deported could be obtained by the detailed examination of individual case records only at a disproportionate cost.