New rules now making it difficult for them to do so
15th April 2009: Many bogus colleges have been helping foreigners to enter Britain legally only to begin working illegally, the Times has reported.
The new rules to crackdown on bogus colleges was announced in 2003 but only came into force at the end of last month.
Before they can now issue visa letters to foreign students, all universities, colleges and schools must be approved by the UK Border Agency.
Some 467 institutions out the 2,100 that applied for a sponsor licence have failed the vetting while more than 3,000 other colleges estimated to have been accepting foreign students have not applied for a licence.
According to the Times, for a few thousand pounds, students could enrol on a course that they never intended to take before beginning to work illegally and later applying for indefinite leave to remain in Britain on the basis of the amount of time that they have been in the country.
Under the new rules, colleges are required to be responsible for their overseas students. The new rules ensure that institutions who benefit from having international students on their books take responsibility for ensuring students arriving from outside Europe comply with the conditions of their leave to be in the United Kingdom.