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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 AvatarAndrew Hickey 30th Jun - 2:54pm
    "We can seek to frame the most liberal immigration policy out there, and go out to sell it. I’m just not sure that “open doors”...
  • User AvatarJH 30th Jun - 2:52pm
    Calm down. The City is still predicted to grow by 2020, even if we lose "passporting": https://www.thecityuk.com/news/eu-exit-could-put-at-risk-up-to-100000-jobs-in-financial-services-by-2020/ Euro-clearing will be gone, taking as many as...
  • User AvatarAndrew Hickey 30th Jun - 2:52pm
    Sorry, completely forgot Brake's constituency.
  • User AvatarChris Bertram 30th Jun - 2:50pm
    @Andrew Hickey - I think Tom Brake would argue quite strongly that he *is* a London MP.
  • User AvatarChris Bertram 30th Jun - 2:48pm
    @Richard Gadsden - "What is the point of being the fourth party against immigration when Dwe can be the first party for it?" Does it...
  • User AvatarJenny Tonge 30th Jun - 2:46pm
    Thoughtful as ever but does not grab me with enthusiasm. If immigration is the main problem, like it or not, can we analyse it a...