College banned from taking foreign students

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FAREHAM College has been barred from signing up foreign students.

It is one of 474 colleges in Britain to be on a new banned list – part of the government’s plans to control immigration.

Of these 474, there are 172 unnamed institutions who are able to continue teaching foreign students already in attendance, but will not be able to sponsor any others coming to the UK in the future.

A further 251 colleges have had their licences revoked and 51 were banned following an investigation, the UK Border Agency said. Only 66 of these 251 colleges banned can be named as the others are still being notified, officials said. Fareham College is one of those 66.

A total of 51 had their licences revoked following an investigation prompted by a sharp increase in student visa applications from south Asia just before the English language requirement rules were tightened. Seven of these cannot be named because they are challenging the UKBA’s decision. The move is to tackle abuse of the immigration system.

Figures show the colleges, which either failed to sign up to the new inspection system or had their licences revoked, could have brought more than 11,000 international students into the UK each year, the Home Office said.

It comes after the government announced a blacklist of more than 2,500 banks which cannot be trusted to verify documents supporting student visa applications.