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Suspension of Tier 4 student applications in North India, Nepal and Bangladesh

uk border agency, tier 4, points-based system 01 February 2010

The UK Border Agency has announced that, from 1 February 2010, it is not accepting any new applications under the Tier 4 student route of the points-based system at the following visa application centres:

- North India - New Delhi, Jalandhar and Chandigarh

- Bangladesh - Dhaka, Sylhet and Chittagong

- Nepal - Kathmandu

The head of the points-based system at the UK Border Agency, Jeremy Oppenheim, 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."




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