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Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of applications from overseas students for visa extensions have taken longer than three months to process in the last 12 months. (281391)

[holding answer 19 June 2009]: During the last 12 months, 35,527 applications were made by students for an extension of leave, of which, 3,230 (9 per cent.) have taken longer than three months to decide.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received from (a) training providers, (b) further education colleges and (c) universities on the effect of the points-based immigration system on student visas. (283015)

Since the implementation of Tier 4 on 31 March 2009, UKBA has received many representations. These have been considered and where necessary changes made to the process. To facilitate a rapid response to issues, a priority resolution team has been established.