Immigrants coming to bogus colleges and overstaying have long been a matter of concern
16th May 2011: The licenses of as many as 70 bogus colleges have been suspended.
The figures assume significance as immigrants coming in on student visas to study at bogus colleges and then overstaying has been a matter of concern since long.
The UK Border Agency too has launched intelligence-led operations. These are part of on-going nationwide action by the Agency to tackle illegal working, sham marriages, bogus colleges and organised immigration crime.
Keeping in view the spectacular rise in the number of overseas students coming to UK, the government only last year targeted fake colleges, as these institutes were allegedly operating as ‘visa factories’.
The government had claimed it knew some bogus colleges had been set up to act efficiently as visa factories and the authorities concerned were determined to cracked down.
Giving out the details, the Minister for immigration, Damian Green, pointed out that 70 bogus colleges have had their licenses suspended following information being received from the public, adding that these were only possible thanks to the intelligence gathered by frontline officers.