London Metropolitan University has tonight instructed its lawyers Penningtons Solicitors LLP to commence urgent legal action to challenge the revocation of its highly trusted status for sponsoring international students, so that its students can return to study as a matter of urgency.
Following the leak of the UK Border agency's decision eight days ago which 'announced' the revocation, the university has now had the opportunity to read the report.
London Metropolitan University has announced it is to commence urgent legal action against UKBA's decision to revoke its licence to sponsor international students.
Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn, who asked an urgent question in the Commons about international students this afternoon, has taken to Twitter after Immigration Minister Damian Green's comments.
I am about to table an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons on #londonmet situation for international students.
A task force has been set up to help "genuine, appropriately qualified" international students find another institution to complete their studies, Immigration Minister Damian Green said today.
Mr Green said affected students would be informed on October 1, giving them 60 days to leave Britain or find another university.
Addressing the issue of international student visas, Immigration Minister Damian Green told MPs in the House of Commons:
Institutions must comply with the rules whether they sponsor 10, 100 or 1,000 international students.
This includes having a system to check that students have the right visas to study in the UK and monitoring the attendance of students.
Universities must ensure that students can speak English and have the right qualifications to study at degree level.
UKBA [UK Border Agency] found systemic failures which meant that London Met has not been able to ensure the appropriate admission and tracking of students from abroad.
Immigration Minister Damian Green said "systemic failures" had been found at London Metropolitan University in relation to:
- Students studying without permission
- Concerns into the way foreign students are recruited
- Concerns about the attendance monitoring of foreign students
Mr Green's comments came in response to an urgent question in the House of Commons after it emerged two thousand students could be deported from the UK.
Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn has secured an urgent question to the Commons this afternoon after it emerged two thousand students could be deported from the UK. It comes after one of London's universities was stripped of its right to admit people from overseas.
I have secured an urgent notice question at 3:30 to Home Office decision to ask about situation for international students at LMU
More than 2,000 students left in limbo after London Metropolitan University was stripped of its right to admit foreigners will get three months to find an alternative course, officials have said.
Genuine students have 60 days to make a new application or to arrange to leave the UK, but the countdown starts only when the UK Border Agency (UKBA) writes to them and no letters will be sent out until October 1.
The Government revoked London Metropolitan University's highly-trusted status (HTS) for sponsoring international students 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.
Coventry University have offered help to students from London Metropolitan University, saying it still has places available for September.