The PAC's just-released report criticises the department for not proactively identifying the innocent students who got caught up in its decision to revoke thousands of visas, and urges it to rectify the situation.
UK universities are increasingly concerned with the service provided by government-contracted Sopra Steria, which is tasked with checking visa documents and collecting biometric information for visa applicants. Universities UK has labelled the company's provision "woefully inadequate".
At least 100 Chinese international students who visited their home country during a 2018 school break have not been able to return to their studies in the US due to their visa applications being caught up in lengthy delays.
Russian education agents have voiced concerns over access to US B-category visas, including for group students, while biometric requirements for other destinations are hurting visa issuance for prospective students outside of three major cities.