Statement on Student Visas

On Tuesday 24th June 2014, the Minister for Immigration and Security James Brokenshire presented a statement to the House on the abuse of student visas.

With permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a statement on student visas.

Since the last election, the government has taken action across the board to reduce and control immigration.

We have introduced a cap on economic migration from outside the European Union. We have reformed the family visa system.

And we have eliminated much of the abuse of the student visa system we saw under the last government. The result is that net migration from outside the EU is close to its lowest levels since the late 1990s while net migration is down by a third since its peak under the party opposite.

The government has always said, Mr Speaker, that even in light of the reforms we have introduced, we need to keep each of the main immigration routes to Britain under review, we need to remain vigilant against abuse of the student visa system, and education providers need to meet their responsibilities.

That is why I can tell the House that, since the start of February, Immigration Enforcement officers with the support from the National Crime Agency together with officials from UK Visas and Immigration have been conducting a detailed and wide-ranging investigation into actions by organised criminals to falsify English language tests for student visa applicants.

They have also investigated a number of colleges and universities for their failure to make sure that the foreign students they have sponsored meet the standards set out in the Immigration Rules.

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