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UK Border Agency criticised over student visas

Publié par Clifford Armion le 09/04/2012

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The UK Border Agency faces intense criticism from MPs for causing chaos in the student visa system with a "poorly planned and ill thought-out" change in the rules for overseas students.
The agency's failings meant an extra 50,000 people abused the system, coming to Britain to work rather than study, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said.
The committee of MPs said in a report published on Monday that the UKBA had enforced new rules for overseas students in 2009 before controls were in place. The result was a "difficult and costly" three years as the agency tried to amend the rules to clamp down on abuse.
It removed controls such as spot-check interviews of students entering the country, the PAC says. But it did not make the new electronic system, showing a student had been sponsored by a licensed sponsor, mandatory until 2010. Instead, it and relied on sponsors' letters that were "easily forged".
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"UK Border Agency criticised over student visas", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), avril 2012. Consulté le 15/04/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/uk-border-agency-criticised-over-student-visas