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Estonian border guard says foreign students admitted to EuroAcademy will no longer get resident permit and visas.

Estonian border guard says foreign students admitted to ‘EuroAcademy’ will no longer get resident permit and visas.

The Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) of Estonia has named the 20-year-old Tallinn Private Higher School “Euroacademy” as an unreliable institution for foreign students and has passed a new law that refuses to issue residence permits to new foreign students admitted to the university.

The (PPA) of Estonia has set a deadline for the admission of foreign students to the Euro-academy this week after a month of long survey; the sad news is that none of the exotics foreign students who have received an invitation from the school this year will be given an Estonian residence permit. Sources claimed that for an unprecedented reason: the school curriculum was full.

It’s not a big secret that the Euro Academy has been at the forefront of police migration officers for years. Candidates from outside of the Schengen visa area are scrambling to the school pretty much. As Eurostat has repeatedly experienced over the years, (PPA) sent a recommendation to the school in February that the school should make changes to it’s rules in order for it to correspond with the Estonian (PPA) school requirement and that they should be made latest at the time of arrival of new students in order to prevent misuse of residence permits.

EuroAcademy no longer meets with Estonian study standards.

The school already had problems with previous years of study. The examiners at the EuroAcademy Student Curriculum have found that some of the student’s failed to communicate sufficiently in English or by email, but have accepted them still as students. Although according to the school’s and (PPA) requirement a student must have a ‘B2’ in English language.

There has also been cases of the students not having the money to live in Estonia at all. Some of the applicants could not even explain what, why or where they are going to study. In addition, the police had doubts that when the school made an admission interview with Skype for some student-candidate candidates from Africa, one person spoke to the school representative on the other side, but later another one came to study in Tallinn.

In March the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) of Estonia made several recommendations to the Euro Academy and entered into an agreement. First of all, the academy was supposed to add a video call to the Skype screening screen for the recording of foreign student motivation talks. Secondly, if PPA asks for a repeat interview with a suspicious student, the video interview of this interview should also be given to the police. In the end, the school had to comply with a law that stipulates that if a foreign student does not fulfill the obligation to attend school for a long time, they must inform the police.

It is almost half a year after the agreement and yet another admission test – claims that the school has recorded a screenshot in minutes of motivation conversations, but it has not been forwarded to any police officer. As if that is not enough, from the required repeat interviews, the EuroAidia police will send audio files, but not a video, although it was agreed they send videos of the interview. This year, six repeated interviews have been requested from the PPA school, but PPA have received five.

“We do not see who speaks,” said Signe Sulbi – the Head of the Foreign Service Department at the PPA Migration Office. Of poor quality audio files, migrant office staff often have the impression that the school representative and student do not understand each other.”

“The question is presented in a simpler way, in order to finally get a response. It shows us that the assessment of the language level of students is not enough, “Sulbi said. The school has so far responded to criticism on the grounds that they do not have the competence to determine the level of proficiency of students in candidates.

The police did not sit idly by their hands. Another case was when a foreign student Abdul (name changed to OK) was called to the Russian-language curriculum of the Master’s program in Economics and Business Administration at Pärnu Highway Police House on March 28 this year.

The PPA handler asked her simple and everyday questions through the interpreter, but Abdul replied in Russian in a nutshell: “I do not understand.” A week after the PPA inquired, the Euro-Asian Academy of Sciences gave its assessment that the student spoke very fluently with them and passed the written language test by 70-80%. The language test was conducted by a lecturer at the Euro Academy, who assessed Abdul to B2 level.

Similar differences between the test and the actual language skills were found in other disciplines of the European University. For example, in a Skype conversation, the candidate held an abnormal long-term thought-out, which seemed like someone could help him behind the frame. The desire of foreigners to practice the Russian-language curricula of the Euro-academy is understandable, since the semester fee is less than a few hundred euros less than the English-language curriculum.

More reasons why PPA will disregard EuroAcademy’s admissions.

Several cases were also identified this spring, in which students simply misused the residence permit. One of the most mischievous happened on March 31 when at one of the airport border control a maiden from a third country who was in possession of a residence permit for studying at Euro-academy was detained. Upon closer examination, PPA found that the student had not been in Estonia or even in the Schengen area for more than seven months. But the EuroAcademia student, has made all her exams which means someone else has noted themselves as the participant in the study. How can such a thing happen at an institution of higher education, the police do not know, but the woman’s residence permit was declared invalid on April 1.

For PPAs, it seemed that the Euro Academy did not or would not understand the problem. “The school has not yet read that we are talking seriously. To invite people with such a profile to live in Estonia is a threat to public order and security,” Sulbi said.

PPA imposes a ban on EuroAcademy’s acceptance of new foriegn students.

PPA is now imposing a ban in order to prevent anymore violations from ‘EuroAcademy’, the new provision of the Aliens Act will start to take effect in January 2018, this act will allow the PPA to refuse to issue a temporary residence permit on the grounds that the school has been declared unreliable.

The school’s unreliability lies in the ability of the PPA to interpret. “We also have the same reasons that we listed for the school in February: insufficient control of the language proficiency and academic ability,” Sulbi explained.

Convergence is simple: all the third countries that have come to Estonia after the invitation of the Euro Academy and future foreign students will now receive a negative answer. The first negative decisions came out this week. How many students will get an unpleasant news, only the school knows.

This is the first time PPA applies this provision to colleges. However, it is safe to say that the fate of non-Estonians who have just begun to arrive in Estonia through ‘EuroAcademy’ or have started their studies in September will be questioned in the near future. They must either leave the country or quickly find another Estonian higher education institution that they will receive them.

The rector of the EuroAcademy, Jüri Martin, did not want to answer the questions of Postimees despite repeated prayers. So, it is not known how the school plans to deal with frustrated foreign students or how the school plans to restore its credibility in the eyes of PPA.

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