Last month, the UK Border Agency revoked (withdrew) London Metropolitan University’s licence to sponsor students from outside the European Union.
The withdrawal of London Metropolitan University’s licence means that it is removed from the register of licensed sponsors, and students from outside the European Union are no longer allowed to study at the university.
Following the revokation, LMU challenged this decision in the Courts. An initial challenge was heard on 21 September; LMU failed to have its sponsor status restored and the judge did not grant interim relief.
The official UKBA statement of 21 September in response to the initial challenge:
An initial challenge was heard on 21 September 2012. Following the hearing, 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.”
Our decision to revoke London Metropolitan University’s licence therefore remains in place. However, 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.
We will update our guidance for students at London Metropolitan University in light of this judgment.
In the meantime London Met students should contact the help centre if you have any questions about what the court judgment means for you.