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Opinion: UK Border Agency plunges colleges into crisis

I wrote recently about the train-wreck that is happening before our eyes with the new student visa rules.  Well, there has been a new development. The UK Border Agency has abruptly suspended the visa-sponsoring licences of more than 50 private colleges without giving reasons. All over the place, crisis talks are taking place in the colleges affected, as people try to work out what on earth is happening. Is this more of the deep-rooted incompetence that we have all come to expect from the Home Office, or has a political decision been taken to expel lots of dark faces and …

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Opinion: How student visas are creating crime incentives

I am tired of reading arrant rubbish about student visas in the newspapers. So let me (as someone who helps to administer a small private college) supply an insider’s view of what is really happening.

Most political parties support the new “Points-Based System” of immigration rules as a Good Thing, and maybe it would be, if only the Home Office was fit for purpose. In practice, the UK Border Agency simply cannot keep up with its workload. Therefore the process of licensing private colleges to sponsor student visa applications is running months late and has actually tipped the …

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  • User AvatarRoland 21st Dec - 3:45pm
    In all this posturing on all sides, I think what is being missed is what the real policy probably is and should be, namely: there...
  • User AvatarHugh 21st Dec - 3:28pm
    LJP You are right that the country does not have a shortage of graduates. I have seen recent graduates I know stacking shelves at ASDA...
  • User AvatarChris Manners 21st Dec - 3:07pm
    " In the short term, we have delivered a successful transaction, which raised £2 billion for the Exchequer" While reducing the assets held by them...
  • User AvatarChris Manners 21st Dec - 3:06pm
    Going to put this on your election material? Another promise kept, and all that? Losing £180m isn't exactly something to be proud of. Nor was...
  • User AvatarChris Manners 21st Dec - 3:02pm
    ". It’s no coincidence that that combination helped to lay the foundations for such a strong base in the North East of Scotland." You're not...
  • User AvatarChris Manners 21st Dec - 2:56pm
    Not convinced by this at all. To have the income at a liveable level, it'll cost a lot more than £4bn extra. And that (presumably)...