The government have this week revealed that as many as 48,000 immigrants may have fraudulently obtained English language certificates, despite not being able to speak the language.
Previously an investigation conducted by BBC Panorama had raised concerns into immigrants who had obtained the certificates; and according to the Immigration Minister, who was speaking this week in the Commons, a recent investigation has found evidence of criminal activity into the UK’s student visa system.
According to the Immigration Minister, the investigation had found a number of the certificates obtained were “invalid” whilst others were deemed “questionable”, and as a result of the investigations in excess of 50 private further education colleges have had their licenses for admitting foreign students suspended.
Meanwhile, a further two universities are no longer able to sponsor new students, pending further investigations which will decide whether they are to have their licenses suspended.
The Immigration Minister has also confirmed that immigration officers are currently working to identify migrants who may be in the UK illegally as a result of the falsified tests, so that they can be deported.
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