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Volume 712: debated on Monday 5 October 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review Tier four of the Points Based System for visas in order to address the refusal rates for students from China, India and the United States. [HL5181]

It is vital that we strike the right balance between welcoming genuine international students to the UK and denying entry to bogus applicants who wish to abuse the system.

The UK Border Agency has been working closely with student representative bodies in China, India and the United States, as well as educational institutions in the UK, to ensure we achieve this.

We keep implementation of tier four under review and have made operational enhancements in response to feedback.