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Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of students entering each higher education institution in the UK had study visas in each year since 2006; and how many such students were granted extensions to their visas after graduation in order to undertake work in the UK. (269162)

The information requested is not available centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign students were prosecuted for breach of the work conditions of their visa in 2008. (269746)

The system used by the UK Border Agency to record data relating to prosecutions for immigration offences (including those found working in breach of their conditions) does not categorise individuals by the nature of their stay in the UK. To establish the number of foreign students prosecuted for this offence, therefore, would require the examination of individual records at disproportionate cost.

It should be noted, however, that the UK Border Agency would normally seek to remove an individual under such circumstances, rather than to prosecute them, as the former presents a more cost effective alternative.