ollowing today’s announcement to allow London Metropolitan University to again sponsor international students please see below guidance for non-EEA students.
Following revocation of London Metropolitan University’s licence I chose to stay at the university to continue my studies, what should I do now?
You can continue your studies. We wrote to you in January to confirm that you can complete your studies there as a legitimate student. This remains the case now that the university can again sponsor non-EEA students.
If your visa has run out and you need to extend your leave to remain in the UK, you can now do so by obtaining a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from London Metropolitan University and making a Tier 4 (student) application.
I moved to another education provider, what should I do now?
If you moved to another institution following revocation, you would have received a letter from us confirming that you can continue your studies with that education provider. This remains the case.
Is it safe for me to apply to London Metropolitan University or will the Home Office revoke its licence again?
The university now has appropriate checks and processes in place to monitor its international (non-EEA) students, which is why we have allowed the university to again sponsor students under the Tier 4 route. Over the next 12 months the university will have the opportunity to demonstrate that it can maintain these standards and work towards becoming a full Highly Trusted Sponsor. Over the past year our aim has been to support legitimate students choosing to study in the UK.
Haven’t legitimate students had their leave curtailed as a result of revocation?
No, all genuine students have been able to stay and study in the UK, with action only being taken against those with no right to be in the UK.
Why did you revoke London Metropolitan University’s licence only to allow them to sponsor new students now?
Following the revocation of London Metropolitan University’s licence, we undertook a series of detailed checks on their systems and processes for monitoring non-EEA students. As a result the university has made significant improvements, which is why we are now allowing the university to again sponsor students.
It is in the interest of international students that all institutions take their immigration responsibilities seriously and demonstrate that they comply with the rules.
I’m thinking of studying at London Metropolitan University and am currently based outside the UK
You should apply as normal, using the Tier 4 (student) guidance on our website.