the first time education providers face
a ban on bringing over international students
if they fail to follow strict new rules
- including alerting the UK Border Agency
(UKBA) if students fail to enrol. Students
will also face stringent new criteria if
they want to study in the UK, ensuring only
those who benefit Britain can come. Before
they can study here, foreign students must:
be sponsored by a UKBA-licensed education
prove that they have the means to support
themselves and their families while studying
supply their fingerprints.
rules on work placements for students will
also ensure that the UK's labour market
is protected. Border and Immigration Minister
Liam Byrne said: "All those who come
to Britain must play by the rules. It is
right that foreign students wanting to take
advantage of our world-class universities
and colleges must meet strict criteria.
locking people to one identity with ID cards,
alongside a tough new sponsorship system,
we will know exactly who is coming here
to study and crack down on bogus colleges."
will only be granted to students who show
a proven track record in education and are
applying for a course that meets a minimum
level of qualification. They must also be
able to demonstrate they can financially
support themselves and any of their dependants.
+ £9,600 FUNDS BEFORE ENTRY
on courses for longer than 12 months will
have to show they have sufficient funds
to pay their first year of fees, plus £9,600
to cover their first year in the UK. Students
wishing to bring their dependants with them
will need to show they have a further £535
per month for each person they bring.
year, international students contribute
£2.5 billion to the UK economy in
tuition fees alone and an overall estimated
contribution of £8.5 billion. In recognition
of the many economic and cultural benefits
that these students bring to the UK, earlier
this year the Government announced a special
visa category allowing successful international
students who have graduated from a British
university to work in the UK for up to two
Education Minister Bill Rammell said: "I
welcome the education sector's involvement
in developing a structure that allows international
students to benefit from the excellent educational
experience the UK offers, while giving them
the opportunity to work in the UK for two
years following graduation.
I will not tolerate the minority of individuals
who seek to damage the quality of our education
system through bogus colleges. This is why
we have introduced tighter checks to the
current Register of Education and Training
Providers. The new system will toughen this
process further and give extra protection
from the damage bogus colleges can cause."
the new system education providers who want
to teach foreign nationals must be granted
a licence by the UKBA, they can then sponsor
students to come to the UK.
a confirmation of acceptance for studies
issued to them by their sponsoring institution
a student's visa application will not be
considered. It also acts as a pledge from
the college or university that they accept
responsibility for the student while they
are in the UK.
and colleges face losing their licence if
they fail to:
keep copies of all their foreign students'
keep and update their students' contact
alert the UKBA to any students who fail
to enrol on their course;
report unauthorised absences to the UKBA;
inform the UKBA if any student stops their
sponsorship register for colleges and universities
opened for applications this week.