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.
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%.
More than 300 individuals have been removed from the UK, 300 more will follow, and 65 private colleges have lost their Highly Trusted Status enabling them to recruit non-EU students as a result of a government crackdown on fraud.
Glyndwr University has had its Highly-Trusted Sponsor (HTS) status reinstated – allowing it to recruit international students after a five-month ban imposed by the Home Office as part of a crackdown on visa fraud.
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.
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.