Nearly 350,000 foreigners entered Britain on suspect student visas last year despite new rules to curb the number of illegal immigrants, officials said Monday.

Home Office figures reveal the total of visiting ‘students’ and their dependents rocketed to 344,396 in the 12 months to April. That was a whopping 84,321 more than the previous year, a rise of nearly a third.

Student visas are notoriously abused by illegal immigrants since a new points-based system came in two years ago in an effort to stem the flow. There are no checks to see if the students attend courses or whether they go home afterwards, The Sun reported.

Irish Sun
Monday 2nd August, 2010