The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has taken the unusual step of publishing special advice for students affected by the closure of a Tier 4 sponsor, in this case the London Metropolitan University, which lost its licence to sponsor international students this week. The agency has published a page of guidance for international students who are studying at London Metropolitan University or who are planning to study there.
London Met students have staged demonstrations today outside the Prime Minister’s residence and at the campus in protest against the UK Border Agency’s revocation of the University’s Tier 4 Sponsors licence.
A London university’s licence to sponsor and teach overseas students has been revoked by the UK Border Agency, leaving more than 2,000 undergraduates potentially facing deportation. London Metropolitan University has had its ability to sponsor students from outside the EU revoked, and will no longer be allowed to authorise visas or retain thousands of Tier 4 students already studying at the university.
Cynthia Barker of Immigration Advisers Bison Management UK, which advises students on visas and university placements, described the decision as a disaster:
The UK Border Agency has launched a new pilot scheme offering UK universities a range of specialist immigration services, ‘recognising the importance of universities within the higher education sector’.
Beleaguered London Metropolitan University officials have set up a help-line for anxious international applicants – as doubts still hangs over its Tier 4 licence and the right to sponsor overseas students.
In an article for the Sun newspaper this weekend, British Home Secretary Theresa May writes: ‘Let’s close door on illegal immigrants and call a halt to fake marriages.’
Government owned London Metropolitan University is to lose its Tier 4 Sponsors licence to teach non-EU foreign students, it has been reported, becoming the first UK university to be stripped of its Highly Trusted Sponsor status by the UK Border Agency, the Sunday Times has revealed.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.