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London Met students given until 1 Dec to find new courses

Non-EU students at London Metropolitan University have been given until December 1 to find courses at alternate, Home Office-registered, Universities following the Met’s international student visa ban.

The UK Border Agency revoked the University’s ‘Highly Trusted Status’ license Thursday, leaving some 2600 international students facing possible deportation.

UKBA says it will write to students after October 1 to ensure they have 60 days to make a new student application or leave the UK.

In letters sent out to students on Friday, the UKBA said: “You do not need to do anything immediately. We will write to you after 1 October.  We will ensure that you have 60 days to make a new student application or to arrange to leave the UK.  This 60 days will start from the date we write to you.”

The Agency said those students who have been affected by the ruling and currently outside the UK could return to make new arrangements.

The suspension of the university’s license came after a 6-month UKBA investigation which revealed “systematic failings” related to student visa conditions.

The Agency said many foreign students at the university had no right to be in the UK whilst others did not have the required English qualifications.

Professor Malcolm Gillies, the university’s vice chancellor, described the claims as “not particularly cogent” and said it would be disputing them.

The university has set up a helpline in conjunction with UKBA to assist affected students: 020 7133 4141.

–    Viji Alles

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