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Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 21 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many colleges approved by the UK Border Agency between December 2008 and December 2009 were subsequently suspended and their licence either not issued or cancelled. (311858)

Of the colleges admitted to the Register of Sponsors for Tiers 2, 4 and 5 during the period 1 December 2008 and 31 December 2009 as of 18 January 2010 the UK Border Agency has revoked the licences of 13 sponsors and suspended a further 85.

The figure quoted is not provided under National Statistics protocols and has been derived from local management information and is therefore provisional and subject to change.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many students who failed to attend college or to pay their fees were returned to their country of origin between December 2008 and December 2009. (311859)

The information requested is not centrally recorded and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many student spouse visas were issued from the beginning of December 2008 to December 2009. (311860)

With the introduction of tier 4 of the points based system (students) on 31 March 2009, the UK Border Agency kept a separate record of visas issued to partners of students. Hitherto, both partners and children of students were recorded in the same category, “Student Dependent”. The number of visas issued in these categories in the period December 2008 to September 2009 are shown in the following table. Visa statistics for the last quarter of 2009 will be published on 25 February.

Visas issued: student dependents: December 2008 to September 2009

Visa category

Visas issued

Student dependent (spouses + children) December 2008 to March 2009

10,961

Tier four (general) dependent-partners April 2008 to September 2009

6,566

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) husbands and (b) wives of persons studying in the UK from (i) India, (ii) Pakistan and (iii) Bangladesh were issued with visas for the purpose of entering the UK to join their spouses between January 2007 and December 2009. (311863)

The number of visas issued to partners is as follows:

Visas issued: student dependents: January 2007 to September 2009

Visa Category

India

Pakistan

Bangladesh

Total

Student Dependent(spouses + children January 2007 - March 2009

5331

3822

2129

1,1282

Tier four (General) Dependent -Partners April 2008 - September 2009

1869

89

54

2,012

With the introduction of Tier 4 of the Points Based System (Students) on 31 March 2009, the UK Border Agency kept a separate record of visas issued to partners of students. Hitherto, both partners and children of students were recorded in the same category, Student Dependent. It is not therefore possible to provide the information requested except at disproportionate cost.