Guidance for international students sponsored by London Metropolitan University

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According to UKBA this page is for students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who are studying at London Metropolitan University or are planning to study there. We will update it with any new information. The most recent update was made on 7 September – see the paragraph about postgraduate students below.

Key points

  • This only affects students from outside the European Economic Area who are sponsored by the London Metropolitan University.
  • Concerned London Metropolitan University students should call the help centre on +44 (0) 20 7133 4141 (9:00-17:00 UK time).
  • We will write to all affected students after 1 October 2012.
  • Students will be given time to make alternative arrangements.
  • We are doing everything we can to support genuine students.

We have withdrawn London Metropolitan University’s licence to sponsor students from outside the EEA under Tier 4 of the points-based system. This means it is no longer on the register of licensed sponsors, and it can no longer sponsor students from outside the EEA with a Tier 4 visa.

A taskforce is being created, which will include the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Universities UK, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the UK Border Agency and the National Union of Students (NUS). This is starting to work with London Metropolitan University to support you. It will try to help appropriately qualified genuine students to find another education provider to sponsor them, provided they meet the requirements to study in the UK under Tier 4 of the points-based system.

If you are a student at London Metropolitan University and you are already in the UK with a current, valid Tier 4 visa

You do not need to do anything immediately. From 1 October 2012, we will begin writing to you and other London Metropolitan students about your permission to stay in the UK (known as ‘leave’). We will carefully consider the circumstances of each case. Your leave may be reduced to 60 days (known as ‘curtailing’ your leave). This time is intended to give you time to find another sponsor or to leave the country. The time will start from the date we write to you.

If you have already found another education provider and made a valid application to extend your stay in the UK (known as ‘further leave to remain’), we will not curtail your leave.

If you are a genuine student who meets the requirements to study in the UK under Tier 4 of the points-based system, the task force will try to help you to find another licensed education provider to sponsor you before your 60 days expire. If you are successful, you will then be able to continue your studies in the UK with this new education provider. The Tier 4 requirements may have changed since your original application, so you should read them carefully. For example, English language requirements changed in 2011.

Alternatively, if you meet the requirements, you may be able to apply to switch into a different immigration category, for example one of the categories forworking in the UK.

If you cannot find another sponsor we will expect you to leave the UK at the end of your 60 days.

If you are an existing London Metropolitan University student with a current, valid Tier 4 visa and you:

  • are on holiday outside the UK; or
  • have applied to us to extend your visa

If you are outside the UK, you can return to the UK.

From 1 October 2012, we will begin writing to you and other London Metropolitan students about your permission to stay in the UK (known as ‘leave’). We will carefully consider the circumstances of each case. Your leave may be reduced to 60 days (known as ‘curtailing’ your leave). This time is intended to give you time to find another sponsor or to leave the country. The time will start from the date we write to you.

If you have already found another education provider and made a valid application to extend your stay in the UK (known as ‘further leave to remain’), we will not curtail your leave.

If you are a genuine student who meets the requirements to study in the UK under Tier 4 of the points-based system, the task force will try to help you to find another licensed education provider to sponsor you before your 60 days expire. If you are successful, you will then be able to continue your studies in the UK with this new education provider. The Tier 4 requirements may have changed since your original application, so you should read them carefully. For example, English language requirements changed in 2011.

Alternatively, if you meet the requirements, you may be able to apply to switch into a different immigration category, for example one of the categories forworking in the UK.

If you cannot find another sponsor we will expect you to leave the UK at the end of your 60 days.

If you are an existing student of London Metropolitan University and you have applied to us to extend your current visa

Your confirmation of acceptance for studies that was issued by London Metropolitan University is no longer valid and you cannot use it to apply for an extension of your stay in the UK.

From 1 October 2012, we will begin writing to you and other London Metropolitan students about your permission to stay in the UK (known as ‘leave’). We will carefully consider the circumstances of each case. Your leave may be reduced to 60 days (known as ‘curtailing’ your leave). This time is intended to give you time to find another sponsor or to leave the country. The time will start from the date we write to you.

If you have already found another education provider and made a valid application to extend your stay in the UK (known as ‘further leave to remain’), we will not curtail your leave.

If you are a genuine student who meets the requirements to study in the UK under Tier 4 of the points-based system, the task force will try to help you to find another licensed education provider to sponsor you before your 60 days expire. If you are successful, you will then be able to continue your studies in the UK with this new education provider. The Tier 4 requirements may have changed since your original application, so you should read them carefully. For example, English language requirements changed in 2011.

Alternatively, if you meet the requirements, you may be able to apply to switch into a different immigration category, for example one of the categories forworking in the UK.

If you cannot find another sponsor, we will expect you to leave the UK at the end of your 60 days.

 

If you are an existing student of London Metropolitan University and you have found a new Tier 4 sponsor need to apply to extend your current visa

Your confirmation of acceptance for studies that was issued by London Metropolitan University is no longer valid and you cannot use it to apply for an extension of your stay in the UK. If you have found a new Tier 4 sponsor you will need to apply to extend your visa.

From 1 October 2012, we will begin writing to you and other London Metropolitan students about your permission to stay in the UK (known as ‘leave’). We will carefully consider the circumstances of each case. Your leave may be reduced to 60 days (known as ‘curtailing’ your leave). This time is intended to give you time to find another sponsor or to leave the country. The time will start from the date we write to you.

If you have already found another education provider and made a valid application to extend your stay in the UK (known as ‘further leave to remain’), we will not curtail your leave. You do not need to wait until 1 October to submit your new Tier 4 application form.

If you are a genuine student who meets the requirements to study in the UK under Tier 4 of the points-based system, the task force will try to help you to find another licensed education provider to sponsor you before your 60 days expire. If you are successful, you will then be able to continue your studies in the UK with this new education provider. The Tier 4 requirements may have changed since your original application, so you should read them carefully. For example, English language requirements changed in 2011.

Alternatively, if you meet the requirements, you may be able to apply to switch into a different immigration category, for example one of the categories for working in the UK.

If you cannot find another sponsor, we will expect you to leave the UK at the end of your 60 days.

How to apply for your new visa

If you have found a new Tier 4 sponsor and you must send your Tier 4 application form to the address below. This address is only for applications for visa extensions from existing non-EEA students from London Metropolitan University:

PO Box 492
London Met
Durham
DH99 1WU

Please do not use the address printed on the application form.

If you are a postgraduate student

The agency has today (6 September) confirmed that if you are about to hand in your final dissertation, or you have just done so before the University’s licence was revoked, you will be able to have your dissertation marked (either through written material or orally) and your degree awarded.

If you are sponsored by London Metropolitan University but are studying at another education provider that is in partnership with it

This mostly applies to students at the London School of Business and Finance. London Metropolitan University can no longer sponsor you. You do not need to do anything immediately. From 1 October 2012, we will begin writing to you and other London Metropolitan students about your permission to stay in the UK (known as ‘leave’). We will carefully consider the circumstances of each case. Your leave may be reduced to 60 days (known as ‘curtailing’ your leave). This time is intended to give you time to find another sponsor or to leave the country. The time will start from the date we write to you.

If you have already found another education provider and made a valid application to extend your stay in the UK (known as ‘further leave to remain’), we will not curtail your leave.

If you are a genuine student who meets the requirements to study in the UK under Tier 4 of the points-based system, the task force will work with the London School of Business and Finance (which is licensed as a highly trusted sponsor in its own right) to help you complete your course and, if required, will also try to help you to find another licensed education provider to sponsor you before your 60 days expire. If you are successful, you will then be able to continue your studies in the UK with this new education provider. TheTier 4 requirements may have changed since your original application, so you should read them carefully. For example, English language requirements changed in 2011.

Alternatively, if you meet the requirements, you may be able to apply to switch into a different immigration category, for example one of the categories forworking in the UK.

If you cannot find another sponsor we will expect you to leave the UK at the end of your 60 days.

If you are a new student who is planning to travel to the UK soon to start studying at London Metropolitan University

If you already have a visa to come to the UK to study at London Metropolitan University, you should cancel your travel plans. London Metropolitan University should already have told you this. Please contact London Metropolitan University if you have not received any information on what to do next.

If you have a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) from London Metropolitan University but you have not yet applied for a Tier 4 visa

Your CAS is no longer valid. If you apply for a visa using that CAS, we will refuse your application. You will have to find a new education provider to sponsor you and apply to us for a visa when you have the new CAS from that education provider.

If you brought members of your family to the UK with you

If your family members are here with permission to stay in the UK in their own right under an immigration category, they are not affected. If they are here as your dependants, their permission to stay will end when your visa is cancelled. They will be able to stay in the UK with you if you are able to transfer to another higher education institution and you meet requirements to have dependants with you in the UK.

How to contact the help centre

The UK Border Agency has sent staff to the help centre set up by the London Metropolitan University to support and advise students. The number is +44 (0) 20 7133 4141.

If the information you are looking for is not on this page, you can read more guidance.

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