London Metropolitan University in court over visa decision

09:45 21 September 2012

Students at the Royal Courts of Justice this morning as London Met took action against a decision by the UKBA to revoke its Highly Trusted Status.

Students at the Royal Courts of Justice this morning as London Met took action against a decision by the UKBA to revoke its Highly Trusted Status.


London Metropolitan University is to today launch a legal challenge against the government’s decision to revoke its licence to sponsor overseas students.

Its application for interim relief will be heard by Mr Justice Irwin at the High Court.

Students of the university gathered outside the court this morning in a show of support, with many carrying banners.

The university’s highly trusted status (HTS) for sponsoring international students was suspended while the UK Border Agency (UKBA) examined alleged failings.

The UKBA found that out of 101 sample cases, 26 students were studying between last December and May even though they had no leave to remain in the UK.

A lack of required monitoring meant there was no proof that students were turning up to lectures in 142 of 250 (57%) sampled records.

And 20 of 50 files checked since May for evidence of mandatory English language testing and academic qualifications showed poor assessment, where documents were either not verified or not held.

More than 2,000 students left in limbo will get three months to find an alternative course, officials have said.

Genuine students have 60 days to make a new application or to arrange to leave the UK, but the countdown starts when UKBA writes to them and no letters will be sent out until October 1.

Professor Malcolm Gillies, the university’s vice chancellor, has described the claims as “not particularly cogent”.

“I would go so far as to say that UKBA has been rewriting its own guidelines on this issue and this is something which should cause concern to all universities in the UK,” he said.


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