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LSBF resumes international recruitment

The London School of Business and Finance has had its Highly Trusted Status reinstated, allowing it to recruit international students once more, following the suspension of 57 colleges's Tier 4 licences in June. So far 25 colleges have had their licences revoked and and three have surrendered their licences.

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.