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September 4, 2012

Chaotic visa system allowed 50,000 bogus students into UK

     London: Fifty-thousand bogus foreign students entered the UK because of ‘extraordinary chaos’ in the UK Border Agency (UKBA), British parliamentarians have warned. The UKBA is facing criticisms from MPs for causing chaos in the student visa system after ‘poorly planned’ and ‘ill though-out’ changes in the rules for overseas students. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said that in 2009, between 40,000 and 50,000 migrants came to the UK as “students” but worked illegally instead. According to the Telegraph, in a report published, the committee of MPs said 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, the report said. The report has been published a week after London Metropolitan University was stripped of its right to teach and recruit students from outside the EU, after audits found that more than a quarter of students investigated had no leave to stay in Britain. The UKBA said there was no proof that a significant proportion of international students at London Met had satisfactory English. The decision affects up to 2,700 overseas students, as the university can no longer teach its current international students after losing its license, the report added.
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