London Metropolitan University’s legal challenge to the Government’s revocation of its sponsorship licence for overseas students comes to court later this month. The case has been listed for an oral hearing of an application for interim relief at London’s High Court on September 21.
The university’s highly trusted status (HTS) for sponsoring international students was suspended while the UK Border Agency (UKBA) examined alleged failings. Of 101 sample cases, 26 students were studying between last December and May even though they had no leave to remain in the UK, UKBA figures showed.
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. (The Press Association)