Thousands of overseas students have potentially been allowed to stay in Britain when they should have been asked to leave as a result of a fresh “significant failing” by the UK Border Agency.
The UKBA chief inspector of immigration, John Vine, says at the time of his inspection in May there was a backlog of more than 150,000 notifications about changes in students’ circumstances, including discontinuing, failing to enrol on their courses or breaching the conditions of their visas.
In his report, published on Thursday, Vine says: “As a result, there could potentially be thousands of migrants in the UK who were not complying with the conditions of their visa and whose leave should have been curtailed by the agency but had not been.
“One senior manager informed us that at the time of the inspection there were potentially 26,000 students whose leave should have been curtailed and who should have had enforcement action taken against them.”
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