Clearing date for visa row students

A mini clearing system for students caught up in the decision to strip London Metropolitan University of its right to sponsor international student visas will be up and running later this month, the Universities and Science Minister has said.

London Metropolitan University has vowed to "defend its reputation" after starting legal action against a decision to revoke its licence to sponsor foreign students.

The institution has said it is challenging evidence gathered by the UK Border Agency so students left in limbo can return to study.

The Government revoked London Met's highly-trusted status for sponsoring international students last week after it found more than a quarter of a sample of students studying at the university did not even have permission to stay in the country.