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UK will drop accepted visa refusal threshold to 10%

Universities and colleges in the UK may lose their ability to recruit international students if more than 10% of the international students they recruit are refused visas, the Home Office has announced, as it continues its crackdown on immigration and visa abuse. A discretionary approach will be applied to those schools enrolling 50 or fewer students.

UKCISA urges members to step up support

At the annual UKCISA association's conference, the leadership urged its student-facing members to boost advice and support for international students who are concerned by recent licence suspensions. Meanwhile, a survey of HE leaders has uncovered that government policy is among top concerns in international education.

New “risk-free” application system for T4

A new "ecosystem" encompassing the student application process from inquiry to graduation has been launched by a British former private college owner who believes his idea will improve quality standards and compliance and safeguard the UK's reputation as an education destination.

UK migration stats: Tier 4 visa issuance down 9%

New immigration statistics in the UK reveal a 9% fall in Tier 4 student visas issued for the year ending March 2013, with a decline of 46% in the FE and language sectors and the HE sector untouched. FE it seems has borne the brunt, as the fall for language schools was offset by a rise in shorter term visa issuance.

UK: English FE colleges hit by visa curbs

New research commissioned by the UK government shows that restrictions on Tier 4 student visas (held by those studying a year or longer) have hit England's public further education (FE) sector hard, resulting in lower student recruitment, lost income and course closures. This was conducted by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

UKBA to interview Pakistani students

All Pakistani students applying for UK visas will face a compulsory interview according to news reports. A pilot study is said to have revealed that up to 40% of Pakistani students could be ineligible based on poor English skills, despite rules requiring proof of English ability. UKBA is reported to be considering rolling out the requirement for other nationals also...