London Met international students can stay after court decision
International students are given an interim relief that allows them to carry on with their studies at London Metropolitan University, as the institution is granted permission to apply for judicial review over the UKBA decision to revoke its license. However, its highly trusted license will not be reinstated.
According to the Times Higher Education reporting from the High Court hearing, the decision made today will allow London Metropolitan University to seek judicial review into the UK Border Agency's decision to revoke its licence to sponsor international students.
The grant also allows current international students at the institution - and those who were accepted and due to take up a place this autumn - have been given a reprieve from facing deportation. They will be able to continue their students for the 2012-2013 academic year.
However, the university will still be without its highly trusted sponsor status while the full court case is heard, meaning it will not be able to recruit more overseas students.
The National Union of Students (NUS) was given the go ahead to launch an independent intervention as a third party on behalf of those studying at London Met University.
London Metropolitan University was stripped of its license to sponsor international students on 29 August after UKBA found ‘systematic failure’ in the handling of records of international students enrolled at the university. After more than 2,600 overseas students were left in the limbo about their academic and immigration situation, the government established a fund of £2bn to support the transition process of those students into other Highly trusted universities.
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