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Overseas Students

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information his Department holds on the number of educational establishments which (a) accepted non-EU students, (b) were inspected and (c) passed inspection in 2007. (274433)

[holding answer 11 May 2009]: The Home Office does not hold this information.

Since the launch of tier 4 of the PBS on 31 March 2009, educational establishments wishing to bring non-EEA national students to the UK are required to hold a sponsor licence, which can only be obtained by establishments that are either publicly funded and subject to the system of public inspections and audits, or private institutions that are accredited by a UK Border Agency-approved accreditation body. Around 1,500 institutions are currently registered to bring students to the UK. We estimated that around 4,000 institutions were active in bringing non-EEA students to the UK prior to the introduction of tier 4 of the points-based system.