More UK universities temporarily banned from enrolling overseas students, Minster confirms, and other stories
The news that UK universities are now being checked, after their licences were gifted to them, will be extremely worrying for the sector. Universities are used to doing things their way and will not enjoy the interference of UKBA officers crawling all over their files.
Private college owners could be forgiven for saying: "Welcome to the club!"
Unlike private colleges, universities were handed their Tier 4 licences and Highly Trusted Status without the need to apply or go through any compliance inspections.
London Met has announced that it will be taking legal action to prevent the revocation of its Tier 4 licence, which should at least give their beleaguered students a 'stay of execution' from deportation. Full story...
French employers will no longer have to pay extra taxes to the government when hiring Romanian and Bulgarian nationals, following an announcement last month. The tax can be as high as €1,800 (£1,420) per worker, restricting access for Romanians and Bulgarians to the French labour market.
Net migration to the UK is falling although it remains at more than double the government's target of fewer than 100,000 a year. The Office for National Statistics said that estimated net migration in the year to December 2011 was 216,000 - down from 252,000 the previous year.
The High Court could have the final say in a bitter dispute between immigration officials and a London university which has left 2,500 foreign students in fear of being deported, the Independent reports. Legal experts are predicting that London Metropolitan University, which had its licence to sponsor non-EU students revoked by the UK Border Agency (UKBA), will have no choice but to fight the Government through the courts. Unlike private providers, government colleges and universities were handed Tier 4 sponsors licences and Highly Trusted Status on a golden platter. They did not have to jump through the many hoops to earn their licences, which is why many are now at risk of having them snatched back.
A university lecturer injured in the 7/7 bombings faces being expelled from the UK even though he was born to British parents in a British colony, the Telegraph reports. In the frightening days after 7/7, John Tulloch was the face of Britain's resistance to terror: bloodied, dazed, clothes in shreds, his picture appeared on newspaper front...
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