The UK Border Agency has announced that Tier 4 (Student) of the Points Based System (PBS) has been suspended in seven visa application centres in North India, Bangladesh and Nepal while investigations are made into whether certain applications are genuine. The centres will not accept any new applications under Tier 4 Student from the 1st February 2010. In the final 3 months of 2009 the three Indian Visa Processing Centres alone dealt with 12,320 Tier 4 Applications.
The Visa Processing Centres that have been affected by the suspension are:
- North India:
- New Delhi
Jeremy Oppenheim, the head of the Points Based System at the UK Border Agency said “The points-based system gives us the flexibility to act to maintain the integrity of the visa system, while processing legitimate applications fairly, thoroughly and as quickly as possible. We continually check and monitor all student applications and education providers to ensure that they meet the required standards set by the points-based system. As a result of this routine monitoring and an increase in applications, we have temporarily stopped accepting new applications from North India, Nepal and Bangladesh while we carry out an investigation to ensure they are all genuine. We will take tough action against those who attempt to abuse the system.”
Visa Processing Statistics
In the final 3 months of 2009 the three Indian Visa Processing Centres dealt with a total 12,320 Tier 4 Visa Applications. In December the only centre to see a significant increase in the number of applications was Jalandhar which recorded 943 more applications in December than in November.
- In December 2009 the Centre dealt with 593 Tier 4 applications
- In November 2009 the Centre dealt with 806 Tier 4 applications
- In October 2009 the Centre dealt with 979 Tier 4 applications
- In December 2009 the Centre dealt with 2,150 Tier 4 applications
- In November 2009 the Centre dealt with 1,207 Tier 4 applications
- In October 2009 the Centre dealt with 1,498 Tier 4 applications
- In December 2009 the Centre dealt with 1,919 Tier 4 applications
- In November 2009 the Centre dealt with 1,344 Tier 4 applications
- In October 2009 the Centre dealt with 1,824 Tier 4 applications
Each month Commonwealth Contractors produces Visa Processing Statistcis relating to Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 4 & Tier 5.
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