A London university's licence to sponsor and teach overseas students has been revoked by the UK Border Agency, leaving more than 2,000 undergraduates potentially facing deportation. London Metropolitan University has had its ability to sponsor students from outside the EU revoked, and will no longer be allowed to authorise visas or retain thousands of Tier 4 students already studying at the university.
Cynthia Barker of Immigration Advisers Bison Management UK, which advises students on visas and university placements, described the decision as a disaster:
‘The revocation by the UKBA is a disaster for the university, the international students and Britain's reputation abroad.'
Cynthia urges students to act quickly as the time bomb is ticking.
‘Existing Tier 4 students will have their visas cancelled by the UKBA and now have just over 60 days to find another provider at a time when many universities will have filled their places and apply for a new visa, assuming they still qualify.' Full story...
The UK Border Agency has launched a new pilot scheme offering UK universities a range of specialist immigration services, ‘recognising the importance of universities within the higher education sector'.
Beleaguered London Metropolitan University officials have set up a help-line for anxious international applicants - as doubts still hangs over its Tier 4 licence and the right to sponsor overseas students.
In an article for the Sun newspaper this weekend, British Home Secretary Theresa May writes: ‘Let's close door on illegal immigrants and call a halt to fake marriages.'
Government owned London Metropolitan University is to lose its Tier 4 Sponsors licence to teach non-EU foreign students, it has been reported, becoming the first UK University to be stripped of its Highly Trusted Sponsor status by the UK Border Agency, the Sunday Times has revealed.
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Overseas students and workers can qualify for a tax refund
You could qualify for a tax refund if you are an overseas student, work permit holder, Tier 1, Yellow or Blue Card holder - in fact any visa type - even if you are no longer legal or even in the UK!
UK NARIC ASSESSMENT
It doesn't matter where you come from - UK, Europe or anywhere else in the world, it is important to ensure that your qualifications are recognised. In the UK there is a national agency that carries out this service, they are called UK NARIC.
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