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Friday, 10 December 2010

MigrationWatch UK Exposes Yet another UK Government ConDem Immigration Betrayal

MigrationWatch UK Exposes Yet another ConDem Immigration Betrayal

The ConDem regime’s much-vaunted “student immigration control” plans specifically exclude “short term student visas” which think tank MigrationWatch UK has correctly identified as an equally-abused illegal immigration channel.
Responding to a government announcement of a supposed “crackdown” on bogus student visas, Migrationwatch Chairman Sir Andrew Green said that short-term student visas had been made exempt from the new restrictions.
Official figures show that last year alone exactly 37,715 “non-EU” students entered Britain on these short-term visas.
“The absence of measures on student visitors is a disappointment. This route is just as likely to be abused as the longer term route,” Sir Andrew said in a statement.
“The cost of a short course in the UK is only a fraction of what a people-smuggler would charge.”
According to a briefing paper issued by Migrationwatch, there are currently over 2,250 educational institutions registered with the UK Border Agency (UKBA) who are able to sponsor students to study in the United Kingdom.
To sponsor students an institution must be an educational provider, inspected, audited or reviewed by the relevant authorities or be an accredited educational provider if it is a private organisation.
Once approved by the UKBA, a sponsor may issue a ‘Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies’ (CAS), which allows the student to then apply for leave to study in the UK.
Of the 280,000 student visas issued in 2009, 130,000 were issued to students taking qualifications below degree level, the Migrationwatch briefing continued.
Of the students studying below degree level 90,000 were at private colleges. The two largest categories, which make up 70 percent of the total number of student visas are the ‘Middle East and the Remainder of Asia’ with 112,000 (41 percent) and the ‘Indian sub-continent’ with 78,000 (29 percent) students.
“Institutions that the UKBA believes must improve their practices i.e. they are not meeting the criteria of a trusted sponsor and are a potential risk to immigration control, are still able to issue a CAS so long as they agree to make improvements by signing up to an action plan,” the Migrationwatch briefing paper said.
“An educational institution can be granted a licence without ever coming under the scrutiny of a visiting UKBA official and it is not clear what percentage of institutions actually receives a visit from the UKBA before approval.
““Even after an application has been refused, a subsequent application does not automatically require a visit from the UKBA. Applications will be considered from individuals who have been issued with civil penalties under Section 15 of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, allowing an individual previously fined for employing illegal workers to set up an educational institution with the right to grant a CAS.”
In other words, the “crackdown” is yet another half-hearted measure which will only impact slightly upon the massive influx of Third Worlders into Britain — exactly as the Westminster criminals planned it all along.

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