Korean nationals made up the largest group of foreign students enrolled in Philippine colleges and universities, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Thursday.
Newly appointed BI spokesperson, Atty. Elaine Tan, said 1,530 Koreans have acquired student visas to pursue their studies in the country as of May 26.
The next biggest groups were Indians with 1,069 enrolees, Iranians with 1,032 and Chinese with 1,000 enrolees, Tan said.
“A student visa is enough for them to stay in the Philippines,” Tan said. She explained that a foreign student may only acquire a student visa if he gains admission to an accredited school that will vouch for them.
The BI mouthpiece added that student visas were renewed every semester. However, students who have failing grades are not allowed to renew their student visa.
“If they will not comply with what is required by the law, then deportation process will begin,” she said.
In the last three years, Korean nationals remained the largest group of foreign nationals taking up college in the country, with 3,309 enrolled in 2012, 2,655 in 2012 and 2,655 in 2013.
Meanwhile, Tan said, the influx of foreign students in the country will not lower the chances for enrolment of Filipino students.