I almost broke down” says London Met overseas student spared deportation

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Anna Davis, ES- Education Correspondence

Foreign students at London Metropolitan university told of their relief to be back in class today instead of facing deportation.

About 2,000 students feared they would be sent back to their home countries after the UK Border Agency took away the university’s right to sponsor visas for students.

But the High Court ruled on Friday that existing students with the correct immigration status could continue their studies.

The academic year started at the university yesterday.

Ashiqur Rahman, 24, has just one term left of his three-year computer science degree. The student from Bangladesh said he had already spent £60,000 on his degree and living expenses.

He said: “When I heard the university’s licence had been revoked it was a desperate situation for me and other students. It was the biggest shock of my life. I almost broke down. I was panicked.

“I phoned my dad and he said, ‘You have spent £60,000 and now can’t get a degree and could face deportation?’

 

Evening Standard

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