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London Met hits back against student deportation threat

London Metropolitan University has started a legal challenge against the UK Border Agency (UKBA) for revoking its right to sponsor international students

In a statement, the higher education institution said it had instructed its lawyers, Penningtons Solicitors, to commence ‘urgent legal action’ to challenge in the ‘strongest possible terms’ the decision to revoke its Highly Trusted Status.

Claiming there was ‘no evidence of systemic failings’, the university defended its English language and educational ability checks on international students and said it had taken ‘every reasonable measure’ to comply with border agency requirements.

It went on to claim the UKBA had ignored information made available to it during the audit. It added border agency requirements changed 14 times in the past three years, claiming the university had complied with the ‘multitude of changes’ and in some areas ‘[exceeded] sector-wide practice.’

Last week, the UKBA cancelled London Metropolitan’s ‘Highly Trusted Status’ which allows it to issue student visas to foreigners from outside the European Union.

The university claimed as a result around 2,600 students will have until 1 December to find an alternative place to study or be deported. It added the revocation could cost London Met £30 million.

Vice-chancellor Malcolm Gillies said: ‘London Met will fight this revocation, which is based on a highly flawed report by the UKBA. The University will continue to give top priority to the interests of our international students who have been so distressed by this precipitate action.’

London Metropolitan current students impacted

BA( Hons) Architecture ( RIBA Part1)

Year 1 to year 2  - 9 students

year 2 to year 3 - 11 students

Professional Diploma ( RIBA Part 2)

Year 4 to year 5 - 5 students

  • Approximately 15 incoming students have also been impacted



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