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The UK Border Agency is standing by its decision to revoke the Tier 4 licence to sponsor non-EU international students.

On Friday the university started legal proceedings in the High Court to overturn the agency’s ban on teaching overseas students.

The Court ruled that existing international students on Tier 4 visas with full immigration status should be allowed to continue their studies for now, giving over 2000 students a temporary stay of execution.

Mr Justice Irwin granted permissionto the university to mount a full legal challenge in the form of a judicial review and made temporary orders protecting some students.

He said that existing overseas students and ones who are due to start this term would be allowed to start or continue as long as they were already in the UK and had full immigration status, pending a resolution of the issue.

In a statement released following the ruling, a UK Border Agency spokesperson said:

“London Metropolitan University’s Tier 4 sponsor licence remains revoked. London Metropolitan has failed to get its sponsor status restored and the judge has not granted interim relief.

‘UKBA agreed to allow existing genuine students to continue studying at the university until their course has ended or the end of the academic year, whichever is sooner — as long as they meet the right standards. But students who are here illegally and do not meet our immigration criteria will not be allowed to stay.

Revoking the university’s licence was the right course of action and we will continue to fight the University’s challenge at the full hearing.”

The agency added that their decision to revoke London Metropolitan University’s licence therefore ‘remains in place’, but conceded  that “the judgment does allow existing genuine students to stay on at the university until their course has ended or the academic year, whichever is sooner – as long as they meet Tier 4 requirements. This means we will make additional checks on affected students at the university”.

The agency will update guidance for students at London Metropolitan University in light of this judgment.

In the meantime London Met students are invited contact the help centre if they have any questions about what the court judgment means for them.

The licence suspension, revocation and the subsequent court case, with two government departments slugging it out in public at the taxpayer expense, is hugely damaging for the multi-billion pound international education sector.

Meanwhile, the students caught in the crossfire are the ones who are really suffering.

The ongoing legal action will cost the taxpayer hundreds of thousands of pounds, but that’s a fraction of the millions the university would lose if their licence is permanently revoked.

See also:

High Court grants London Met University temporary injunction against licence revocation giving overseas students a stay of execution

London Metropolitan University ask High Court to block Tier 4 licence revocation

Student Union takes third party legal action in London Met UK Border Agency case

Universities Minister demands end to student visa cuts

Overseas students could be separated from net migration figures

Student immigration clampdowns putting millions ‘at risk’ says University head

Two more UK universities temporarily banned from enrolling overseas students, Minster confirms

London Metropolitan University’s licence to sponsor international students revoked

UKBA publish information for students at London Metropolitan University

London Metropolitan University’s Tier 4 Sponsors licence to be revoked by UKBA

Private Tier 4 sponsoring colleges sacrificed in immigration cull

Overseas students trapped in UK visa delays

New visa rules for overseas students ‘will cost billions’ say Universities UK

UKBA confirm changes to the Immigration Rules which start on 6 April 2012

Overseas students should be excluded from UK net migration figures, say MPs

If you need any immigration advice or are worried about the new immigration rules or need help with Sponsorship or Tier 2, Tier 4, applying for university if your college has closed down, Visa, ILR, Settlement, Citizenship, Dependant Visa or an appeal against a UK Border Agency or British Embassy refusal, or if you have been waiting for a reply from the Home Office for longer than a year, please email: 

info@immigrationmatters.co.uk or visit www.immigrationmatters.co.uk for free immigration news updates.

Majestic College offer special packages for EU students. They also have a number of employers looking for staff right now and are willing to employ Bulgarians and Romanians.

For more information call Joanna on 0208 207 1020 or email   info@majesticcollege.org

Overseas students and workers can qualify for a tax refund 

You could qualify for a tax refund if you are an overseas student, work permit holder, Tier 1, Yellow or Blue Card holder – in fact any visa type – even if you are no longer legal or even in the UK!

UK NARIC ASSESSMENT

It doesn’t matter where you come from – UK, Europe or anywhere else in the world, it is important to ensure that your qualifications are recognised. In the UK there is a national agency that carries out this service, they are called UK NARIC.

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