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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 AvatarJohnTilley 24th Oct - 3:28pm
    Matthew, Apologies that last comment got whisked off before I had if finished. It should have ended But I think you are just factually incorrect...
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  • User AvatarMatthew Green 24th Oct - 3:14pm
    Well I certainly agree that proper engagement in politics is better than single-issue protests - I so do I agree with much of this article....
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    Matthew I agree with you when you say -- "...So we have been pouring enormous subsidies into nuclear power stations for more than fifty years...
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    Marketising a service is a way to take it effectively out of the political sphere and into a slightly different category of just so situations....
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    The written word is very helpful for those of us who have hearing difficulties!