23 November 2010
Following the Home Secretary's statement on immigration, Harriett Baldwin calls for reassurance that the new process will not slow down applications from highly trusted sponsors such as the well-respected boarding schools in West Worcestershire. Harriett Baldwin (West Worcestershire) (Con): Returning to the issue of student visas, we have quite a few boarding schools in West Worcestershire, such as Malvern college, St Michael's college in Tenbury Wells and Malvern St James college, which attract students from all around the world. They are highly trusted sponsors, but they are already finding that the system is slowing them down. Can the Home Secretary reassure these colleges that the process will become faster? Mrs May: I am happy to give my hon. Friend that reassurance. While we are consulting on focusing the student visa route on universities, further education colleges and degree level courses, highly trusted sponsors will be able to offer courses at below degree level, and I would expect that the schools to which my hon. Friend has referred would be able to continue to offer courses because, as she says, they are highly trusted sponsors. | Hansard