The student visa licenses of 17 private colleges have revoked by the Home Office following an investigation into English language test fraud. These colleges were among 57 private colleges and three universities suspended from the student visa system in June. This followed an investigation at the US testing firm ETS, into the falsification of English language tests for student visa applicants.
The Home Office has revoked the student visa licenses of 17 private colleges following an investigation into English language test fraud. The colleges include Superior College London, UK Business Academy, Queensbury College and West London Business College. The revoked colleges were among 57 private colleges and three universities suspended from the student visa system in June. That followed an investigation into the falsification of English language tests for student visa applicants at the US testing firm ETS. The Home Office claimed that around 45,000 immigrants could have obtained proof-of-fluency certificates despite being unable to speak English.
Talking of the decision to revoke the licences, a Home Office spokesperson said: “If a college addresses the serious concerns we have identified, they may get their licence back; if not, we reserve the right to revoke it permanently.”
Geoffrey Alderman, principal at Queensbury College, told The PIE News that the college would seek legal advice following the decision. “They have gone ahead with what is clearly a political decision because the Home Office can only contract net immigration in this country by clamping down on higher education and tier 4 visas and we will have to deal with the aftermath of this,” he said.
The full list of private colleges with revoked licenses are:
Alpha Meridian College
College of Advanced Studies
Birmingham Institute of Education Training & Technology
Bradford Metropolitan College
College of Excellence Limited
Hammersmith Management College
Katherine and King’s College of London
London School of Technology
Midlands Academy of Business and Technology
Stanfords College UK
Superior College London
UK Business Academy
West London Business College