The UKBA has announced a set of important concessions to international students at London Metropolitan University who have been threatened with the loss of residence status by the decision to withdrawn highly trusted sponsors status to the institution’s authorities.
Under existing rules over 2000 international students were threatened with removal from the country because the UKBA had claimed that the university administration had inadequate procedures in place to check the attendance and compliance record of students subject to immigration control restrictions. Even though the majority were believed to be keeping to rules of their study, they were expected to find alternative universities to continue their studies within 60 days of the Agency serving notice that they were not eligible to continue at London Met.
After extensive criticism in the media for this draconian response and fierce campaigning by the students with the support of the National Union of Students it appears that the Border Agecy has agreed a set of concessions which include:
Allowing ‘genuine’ students to continue their studies at the university until either the end of the course or the end of the academic year, which ever is soonest;
On a “case-by-case basis exceptionally allow switching from Tier 4 into Tier 2 where qualifications obtained at London Metropolitan University are relied upon by graduates. This is provided that in all other respects you meet Tier 2 requirements.
The UKBA website contains details of the concessions and how they will operate. It states that the students affected by this situation will be written to and asked to respond by 31 October setting out what they hope to do in the way of continuing their studies or otherwise.