Around 2,000 UK institutions are now bringing in international students
4th November 2009: The Border Agency has claimed the number of academic institutes bringing in international students has gone down by half, ever since it tightened the screws around bogus colleges and other such educational bodies.
According to reports, many bogus colleges were helping foreigners to enter Britain legally, but they were later working illegally.
For a few thousand pounds, students could enroll 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.
Responding to the allegations that the points-based system had not succeeded in stopping migrants from entering the UK illegally under the pretence of being students, the Border Agency has now claimed the number has come down to 2000.
Elaborating, head of the points-based system at the UK Border Agency Jeremy Oppenheim said: ‘The points-based system means that only those colleges and schools who provide quality education and take responsibility for their students will be licensed to bring in foreign students.
‘Schools and colleges are inspected by accreditation bodies and the UK Border Agency to ensure they are genuine. Before we tightened controls, around 4,000 UK institutions were bringing in international students; this currently stands at around 2,000.
‘Anyone coming into the UK must satisfy the Border Force officer that they meet the immigration rules and will comply with any conditions attached to their visa. If they cannot, the officer can and will refuse entry.’