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Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

Volume 507: debated on Wednesday 17 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the likely impact on the economy of changes to the Tier 4 points based system for 2010-15. (321312)

During the course of the review of Tier 4, the student tier of the points based system, the evidence submitted by representative bodies of the education sector, as well as by individual providers, of the impact on the economy arising from any changes was considered alongside all other evidence gathered. A formal impact assessment will be published shortly.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evidential basis was used to determine the level of education most susceptible to fraudulent visa applications when revising the Tier 4 points-based system rules. (321313)

A range of evidence was used to determine the level of education most susceptible to fraudulent applications, including evidence provided by UK Border Agency staff based in the UK and overseas, internal management information, reports made by education providers to the UK Border Agency of non-enrolment and drop-outs, and other information from the education sector.