The UK Border Agency has suspended Tier 4 applications from northern India, Nepal, and Bangladesh.
01 February 2010
Applications for UK Tier 4 student visas suspended from North India, Nepal, Bangladesh
UK Tier 4 Student Visa applications from northern India, Nepal and Bangladesh have been temporarily suspended by the UK Border Agency after a sharp jump in applications.
UK immigration officials say the system has been overwhelmed, with 13,500 applications from northern India alone in the last three months of last year compared with 1,800 in the same period of 2008.
There are concerns that many cases are not genuine.
While extra checks are taking place, Tier 4 applications have been temporarily suspended from northern India, Nepal and Bangladesh, and this decision will be reviewed at the end of February.
Jeremy Oppenheim, of the UK Border Agency, said: "The points-based system gives us the flexibility to act to maintain the integrity of the visa system, whilst 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.
"We will take tough action against those who attempt to abuse the system."
India is currently the biggest UK Visa operation in the world, with more than 500,000 Indians visiting the UK every year, among them tens of thousands of students.
The UK Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people lodge UK immigration applications with the British Embassy.