Dear Hartlepool Sixth Form College,

Please can you could you state whether, since being granted a Tier
4 sponsor licence, you have been visited by UK Visas & Immigration
(and before that, the UK Border Agency) for the purpose of
assessing your institution's compliance with the sponsor licence.

If the answer is yes, please could you state whether the assessment
included direct investigation of the practical application of
admissions policy (i.e., looking at an actual sample of individual
applications already approved for a Tier 4 visa by your
institution) or whether only a general appraisal of policy
relating to the sponsor licence was carried out, without direct
investigation of its practical application.

Yours faithfully,

James Field

Sue Keighley, Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Thank you for your email.

In compliance with the Freedom of Information Act we will respond to your request within 20 working days.

Regards

Sue Keighley
Administration & HR Manager/Principal's PA

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Sue Keighley, Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Dear Mr Field

In response to your FOI request, we have the following information.

We can confirm that we have been visited by the UKBA in the last 2 years. This visit took the form of audit. The UKBA examined our records of students actually attending college against the certificate of acceptance of studies that the college issued in respect of international students and the subsequent visa approvals.

They examined attendance records and student documentation and then chose a random sample of students to interview.

Kind regards

Sue Keighley
Administration & HR Manager/Principal's PA

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Dear Sue,

Thanks very much for your prompt response -- I appreciate it. Is there a chance you can confirm the date of the visit?

Yours sincerely,

James Field

Sue Keighley, Hartlepool Sixth Form College

I am currently out of the office until Monday 3 November. Please note that
emails are not being diverted.

Please re-direct your email to my colleague, Allison Browell: 
[email address]

Kind regards

Sue Keighley

Administration & HR Manager/Principal's PA

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Sue Keighley, Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Dear Mr Field

Apologies for the delay in responding I have just returned from holiday.

The date of the visit was 7th September 2012.

Kind regards

Sue Keighley

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