There is a wide spread feeling throughout the coalition Government and the Association of UK Private Schools and Colleges (AUKPSC), that the proposed changes to the immigration rules will not actually target sham colleges, instead they will shut down legitimate private education providers, City immigration firm, Farani Taylor Solicitors has said.
The colleges have invested a lot of time and money to gain accreditation and licensing and are now left with the prospect of losing everything.
Vince Cable, Business Secretary, also opposed to the rule changes, wrote to the immigration minister on behalf of one of his constituents and has hit out at Prime Minister David Cameron for his speech on 14th April on immigration.
Farani Taylor Solicitors said that the AUKPSC intends to gather as much support as possible before it mounts its legal challenge against the rules. The firm has written to the UKBA requesting an explanation on some of the unfair results that the new rules will produce before going ahead with a legal action.
Jahangir Moghal, Partner at Farani Taylor, said: “Colleges are already regulated by the UKBA, and have to gain accreditation by a number of bodies before they are given a licence by the UKBA to operate. They have to invest considerable amounts of money, jump through numerous hoops before they are accredited and subsequently licensed. The Government needs to invest in improving compliance procedures as opposed to cleaning the whole private sector out and creating discriminatory rules for students studying in the public and students studying in the private sector.”