LSBF has had its Tier 4 licence allowing it to recruit international students suspended. If it is found to have committed a serious breach of compliance, the Home Office could sanction both LSBF and its umbrella company, Global University Systems.
Professionals in the UK’s FE sector have slammed the Home Office’s reforms to student visa regulations, warning that the restrictive policy will affect the HE pipeline of international students planning to enrol and study at undergraduate level in the UK.
The UK’s ELT sector “faced on onslaught in 2014” according to English UK CEO Eddie Byers, who this week reported a decline in both student weeks and numbers for the country’s private and state ELT providers.
Buckinghamshire New University has had its licence to sponsor Tier 4 international students suspended, making it the first UK university to fall foul of the Home Office's visa refusal threshold of 10%.
The term ‘Highly Trusted Sponsor’ will no longer be used to denote a UK education institution’s eligibility to sponsor Tier 4 visas from April 6, the Home Office has confirmed. And, according to a source close to The PIE News, it is considering bringing in a top-level rating for the most compliant providers later in the year.
MPs in the UK have said the government's current approach to post-study work for international students is 'short-sighted' and 'damaging to the economy' in an All-Parliamentary Party Group on Migration report published this week.
A staggering 50 UK private colleges have had their Tier 4 licences revoked and almost 100 bogus students have been removed from the country as a result of a Home Office investigation into exam and visa fraud. Additionally, more than 800 ‘enforcement visits’ have been paid to possible fraudulent individuals.