Muhammed Babar Bashir, 38, from Moss Side; Tashina Nayyar, 51, from Chorlton; and Koteswara Nallamothu, 36, from Rotherham, ran ‘bogus colleges’ which had no books, equipment or teachers giving lessons.
Their ‘cash for visas’ scam was thought to be worth about £650,000.
Bashir posed for pictures posing on a bed full of money, about £65,000 worth, while £90,000 in cash was found hidden in Nayyar’s loft, with a further £29,500 in a safety deposit box.
The colleges these defendants were involved with were St John College in Ashton, and Kinnaird College in Stevenson Square, Manchester city centre.
Prospective students would hand over cash in exchange for a ‘golden ticket’ – a confirmation of acceptance of study (CAS) letter – which enabled them to get a student visa.
The colleges were later shut down following a Home Office investigation.
Previously at Manchester Crown Court, Bashir was jailed for six years, and Nayyar was locked up for two years and three months.
Nallamothu was spared jail, receiving a two year prison sentence, suspended for two years.
Now Bashir and Nayyar have both had their sentences increased, and Nallamothu will have to serve a jail term.
Bashir has now been sentenced to eight years; Nayyar to four years; and Nallamothu to three years and 11 months.
Bashir and Nallamothu were previously convicted of conspiracy to facilitate breaches of UK immigration law after a four month trial led by prosecutors Jane Greenhalgh and Huw Edwards.
Nayyar pleaded guilty to conspiracy to facilitate breaches of UK immigration law before the trial.