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Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

Volume 494: debated on Thursday 25 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the colleges that withdrew of their own volition from the new UK Border Agency register process currently sponsor visas for foreign students. (278542)

A total of four foreign students are currently sponsored by colleges who have withdrawn of their own volition from the UK Border Agency register. The students have leave to remain which was granted to them prior to the introduction of new procedures on 31 March 2009. If, when their current leave lapses, these students wish to seek further leave to remain to continue studying here, they will need to qualify under the points-based system.

The figures quoted are not provided under National Statistics protocols and have been derived from local management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change.