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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 AvatarGemma Roulston 26th Aug - 12:41pm
    What the Tories and Labour have done via sanctions is to make people feel like 3rd class citizens and not people with equal merit to...
  • User AvatarJames Baillie 26th Aug - 12:39pm
    Nick - you're right that NIT should replace eg jobseekers, sanctions, etc - the issue in cost and admin terms is that it mustn't be...
  • User AvatarAndrew McCaig 26th Aug - 12:38pm
    John, I watched the video of Rudy Giuliani and it seems extremely high on assertions and accusations, but only evidence seems to be "we can't...
  • User AvatarDave Orbison 26th Aug - 12:36pm
    @Stimpson 'privatise the lot' my paraphrase. I agree with expats housing is not such a good example. Then there's Utilities. The great gas/ electricity rip...
  • User AvatarGemma Roulston 26th Aug - 12:31pm
    I was sad to see that the policy paper was aimed at continuing the pressure on disabled people and carers to work. What about those...
  • User Avatarcrewegwyn 26th Aug - 12:22pm
    Stimpson "welcome modernisation of 19th century practices" Like having a member of staff on the train to take control if the driver is incapacitated? Is...