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Student Visas

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

5. To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the system for processing student visa applications. (306219)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the system for processing student visa applications. (306237)

We implemented Tier 4 of the points based system on 31 March 2009, replacing the previous arrangements for overseas students to come and study in the UK. This ensures that only those colleges and schools who provide quality education and take responsibility for their students are licensed to bring in international students. We continuously monitor our systems and where improvements can be made we will make them. The Prime Minister recently announced a review of certain elements of Tier 4 and we are studying the recommendations.