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Deportation threat to London Met students blocked

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A judge has granted London Metropolitan University students threatened with deportation temporary permission to remain in the UK

The university has also won permission to seek a judicial review of the decision to revoke its right to recruit international students.

It comes after London Met launched a legal challenge against the UK Border Agency’s decision to revoke its ability to sponsor international students. The veto meant around 2,600 students had until 1 December to find an alternative place to study or be deported.

The judge however refused the university’s request for an injunction to suspend the revocation.

The decision means current international students and those planning to start courses this year may remain until the issue is resolved. Only students starting courses this year who are already in the UK will be able to start their courses.

It is understood the verdict will benefit at least 25 current architecture students at the university and potentially up to 15 incoming students should they be in the UK already.

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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