University of Bedfordshire to welcome overseas students again

08 Aug 2014 | Posted by Carl Thomas

The University of Bedfordshire has passed an audit conducted by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and is now able to start welcoming overseas students once again.

The UKVI conducted a detailed audit of the university and its procedures in order to ensure that the correct systems were being followed for the management and monitoring of international students.

MK News has now reported that the audit was passed easily and the university is once again able to issue Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) letters to new overseas students.

The university's vice chancellor, Bill Rammell, welcomed the decision. He told the paper: "I was always confident that our procedures for monitoring international students were robust, and I'm pleased that UKVI's thorough and detailed audit has confirmed this."

He added that the University of Bedfordshire takes its compliance with immigration responsibilities "very seriously", noting: "We cooperated with UKVI throughout the audit and I'm delighted that, following this decision, we can now resume issuing CAS letters to new international students."

Large numbers of overseas students choose to attend the education establishment and the success of the audit should allow the university to continue to expand its services and provisions for these students.

International students who were already in attendance were not affected by the pause in the issuing of CAS letters and the licence for the establishment to recruit international students has remained intact throughout.