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Higher Education: Overseas Students

Volume 715: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what checks are carried out on foreign students applying to study in the United Kingdom. [HL364]

All visa applicants applying for entry to study under tier four of the points-based system must enrol with an education provider in the UK which has been vetted and given a licence by the UK Border Agency (UKBA). Education providers must ensure that overseas students attend classes and comply with their conditions of stay, and report any failure to do so to the UKBA.

Students are also tied by their visas to a particular education provider and need UKBA permission to change. Applicants intending to undertake postgraduate studies in certain designated subjects are assessed for potential WMD proliferation concerns under the academic technology approval scheme, and must submit an ATAS certificate when applying for a visa.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many sponsors of migrant students have been removed from the register of sponsors since 31 March; and for what reasons. [HL419]

Fourteen sponsors of migrant students have been removed from the register of sponsors since 31 March 2009. Of these, six had no accreditation, one entered into liquidation and seven failed to meet their sponsor obligations.