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Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 25 November 2009, Official Report, column 215W, on the sponsor register, how many institutions (a) have had an application to join the sponsor register refused and (b) have been removed from the register of licensed sponsors under Tier Four of the new immigration rules since 31 March 2009. (308320)

[holding answer 6 January 2010]: There have been 228 institutions that have had an application to join the sponsor register refused between 31 March 2009 and 21 December 2009 under Tier 4.

49 Tier 4 sponsors have been removed from the sponsor register between 31 March 2009 and 21 December 2009.

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.