UK receives 6388 forged student visa forms
In February 2010, the UK Border Agency stopped accepting new Tier 4 (students) applications from North India, Nepal and Bangladesh due to the surge in numbers, while it reviewed existing applications. The ban was lifted fully in August 2010. The NAO report said up to 50,000 non-EU migrants may have exploited flaws in the student visa system from 2009 because the Border Agency implemented Tier 4 system before key controls were in place. "Based on college enrolment rates and changes in application patterns, the NAO estimates that, in its first year of operation, between 40,000 and 50,000 individuals may have entered the UK via Tier 4 to work rather than to study," the report said.
The highest number of forgeries in student visa applications were detected in Islamabad, New Delhi, Dhaka and Chennai, the report states. The NAO said that the Border Agency had taken little action to prevent and detect students overstaying or working in breach of their visa conditions because the Agency regards them as low priority compared to illegal immigrants and failed asylum seekers.