Sixty universities and private colleges have been banned from sponsoring any new international students to enroll and study following investigations by the UK government on fraudulent English language tests administered by organized criminals.
The news was broken by immigration minister James Brokenshire during a statement to the House of Commons on Tuesday. He said the highly trusted sponsor status of the educational establishments had been suspended following a “detailed and wide-ranging investigation into actions by organised criminals to falsify English language tests for student visa applicants”.
Glyndwr University in Wales has been informed it cannot sponsor international students to come to the UK and study. The University of West London and Bedfordshire University have had their right to sponsor suspended, along with 57 private further education colleges, including the London School of Business and Finance (LSBF).
Brokenshire told MPs a criminal investigation had been launched and the scale of “systematic abuse on this government’s watch.. is truly shocking”.
Source: Huff Post